PRI - Population Research Institute.
This would be amusing if it wasn't so pathetic.
This year’s FIAPAC Congress, in October in Edinburgh, Scotland, brought together 460 delegates from 45 countries. Most were front-line abortion “providers”, that is, abortionists, clinic administrators and counsellors, and three quarters were women, feminists all. Many of them wore shaved heads and work boots.
The male minority were mostly abortionists. One South American attendee wore his silver hair in a long pony tail and cowboy boots. Australia’s leading late-term abortionist appeared in Jackaroo (cowboy) garb — jeans with a big belt buckle, cowboy boots and a black t-shirt. The European abortionists, who work in hospitals rather than run their own clinics, were generally more conservatively dressed. And there was also a smattering of pro-abortion lawyers, policy hacks, statisticians and researchers.
Given the gruesome nature of their work, it is not surprising that these hardened abortion activists were there to be inspired. Ann Furedi was head cheerleader for that job. As the CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which provides about one quarter of all British abortions and specializes in late-term abortions, Furedi has been one of Britain’s most vocal abortion-on-demand advocates for decades. She is also a notorious Leftist who used to edit Living Marxism and married the British Revolutionary Communist Party leader. Her opening plenary talk, believe it or not, was entitled “The Moral Case for Abortion.”
Having to contend with “all those Lennart Nilsson photos of a 17 week-old fetus sucking its thumb,” has made abortion activists like us “necessarily a little bit apologetic,” she complained. "It's not surprising that a lot of young people are not enthusiastic about abortion. They're not enthusiastic about killing unborn babies."
"We need to claim the moral high ground," she continued in her effort to rally her abortion-minded listeners. And she did that by asserting that women’s equality cannot be achieved without a right to abortion. “We cannot have equality if we are constantly victims of our own fertility. A woman is not just a vehicle for pregnancy."
"De-medicalization" turned out to be a recurrent theme throughout the conference. The early abortion rights movement may have argued that legal abortion was needed to prevent all those “backstreet abortions” by untrained profiteers, but today’s activists want abortion out of the hospital and back on the street, if not in a back alley. They want abortions performed by “mid-level” professionals trained in quick crash courses, or by women themselves — illegally, if necessary.
Much of the push for do-it-yourself abortions comes from lack of doctors willing to do the job. British abortionist Katie Guthrie lamented the fact that most aspiring medical doctors just don’t see abortion as a rewarding career choice. She criticized the British National Health Service for allowing medical students to forgo training in abortions, although it does offer special training programs for those that do want to be abortionists.
A woman in the audience raised the “sensitive” topic of sex selective abortion. It’s been a niggling conundrum for pro-choice feminists for a long time, but not so much for choice-absolutists at the conference. “Clearly, if we are pro-choice we have to respect that even choices we don’t like will be made,” said Fisher.
Moral high-grounder Furedi, whose BPAS clinics have been investigated for sex-selective abortions, nodded approvingly. She went on to say that extending abortion time limits up to the point of childbirth can actually prevent some abortions, because women sometimes decide to keep the baby they would have aborted earlier. They have more time to make the right decision "for them." “Whether or not we think late abortions should be provided depends on how much we trust women to make decisions for themselves,” concluded Furedi.
“There is nothing magical about passing through the birth canal that transforms the fetus into a person,” Furedi asserted. Following this extreme pro-abortion logic to its logical end, one has to ask: does the newborn have a right to life if the mother’s circumstances change, if she discovers a disability, or if she changes her mind? An item on the agenda at the next FIAPAC Congress perhaps.
Right. Infanticide and euthanasia are right around the corner.