Anti-Abortion Extremists arrive in the UK.

Yesterday’s Guardian featured an article about the UK Life League, an anti-abortion group, and the tactics it has started employing to have abortion banned in the United Kingdom. Abortion is legal across the country here, and though there have always been groups opposed to it, such as Comment on Reproductive Ethics, none of them have resorted to ‘direct action’ and have merely taken part in the normal democratic process. The UK LifeLeague, which was founded by a Catholic businessman claiming to be a vicar, is the first direct action group to campaign against abortion, and its first targets have been a Catholic girls school and a gynaecology nurse.

The article does, however, go to some lengths to discredit the organisation’s actions:

The head teacher of Woldingham School, Diana Vernon, has been accused of “child abuse” for providing sex education for her 14- and 15-year-old pupils as required under the national curriculum. Activists are being encouraged to bombard Ms Vernon with hate emails. [..] “I couldn’t believe it,” said Ms Vernon. “What we teach falls entirely within the national curriculum and the way in which we teach the use of contraception is in the context of a committed relationship. Every Catholic school in the country will be doing what we are doing.

In other words, they are targeting one school for teaching the same thing that every other school in the country has to teach. Surely then it is not the school that should be targeted but the government for including this in the curriculum? Then there’s this:

Elsewhere, hospitals have been sent images of aborted foetuses and abortion clinics subjected to noisy demonstrations.

Because I’m sure hospital staff will have never seen an aborted foetus before.

The group’s leader, James Dowson, denies links with US pro-life groups, despite having the admiration of Neal Horsley, the founder of The Nuremberg Files which publishes the details of abortion clinics in the US with the aim of encouraging action against them. He also claimed to have raided hospital bins to find pictures of aborted foetuses, which Marie Stopes UK (a family planning organisation) has said is impossible.

It’s sad when vigilante groups try to take the law into their own, ultimately futile, hands when dealing with issues like this. The UK, like the US, is a democratic country and if people are concerned about issues like abortion then there are ways of having the law changed. Intimidating people, especially those merely doing their job, is not right.

21 thoughts on “Anti-Abortion Extremists arrive in the UK.

  1. I have faith that most Brits—who aren’t on the whole as puritanical or politically fickle as many Americans—will pull through and hopefully not let the anti-choicers acquire much legislative clout.

  2. “What we teach falls entirely within the national curriculum and the way in which we teach the use of contraception is in the context of a committed relationship. Every Catholic school in the country will be doing what we are doing.

    I’m surprised the Catholics haven’t excommunicated the school and everyone in it for allowing contraceptives to be recommended to begin with.

  3. I’m surprised the Catholics haven’t excommunicated the school and everyone in it for allowing contraceptives to be recommended to begin with.

    Well, maybe not all Catholics are as shortsighted as you think, Theo.

  4. Actually, on second thought, who is more likely to use contraceptives- a Catholic, or an excommunicated ex-Catholic?  You’re right after all, Theo.

  5. the Pro-Life group out here recently held a “display” on campus after some bickering with funding and other such aspects of support.

    Your typical “Kent Hovind”ish display – lots of short questions, fast answers, and no relevance. Add a lot of scare tactics (lots of offensive imagery) and appeals to emotion and you’ve got a whole freight train of BS. The only thing that’s even contestable on scientific grounds is the whole “abortion causes breast cancer” thing, which also falls apart. They resorted to accusing anyone who contests them to having an agenda.

    I really don’t get why these people think it’s such an emergency that a decision must be made right here this instant. It could take many decades before we get to a general consensus. Lots of existing human beings, not viable persons but real ones – are killed far more often and nobody’s freaking out over that. raspberry

  6. Arc Legion: They resorted to accusing anyone who contests them to having an agenda.

    Oh, like anti-choice demonstrators don’t?

    I truly, truly do not understand some people. Like “pro-lifers,” for instance.

  7. Sex is the Basic Instinct.
    It’s so basic, it’s the one thing we will never forget about a person when we meet them.
    We’ll forget the name, hair colour, eye colour, clothes and what was said but, never, EVER whether it was a man or woman.

    Jimmy Swaggart: Sex education classes in our public schools are promoting incest.
    (I had a link in there but on preview it took up most of the screen – look up same place Karl Kraus link)
    Jimmy was a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis (AKA – The Killer – when you say that ya gotta cup your 2 hands over yr mouth and drop yr voice and say ‘the killer’ – much more dramatic – ah! for fuck’s sake – he played a pianna and rooted [= fucked in Oz – see how our languages are different? Fanny is another one – I gotta tell you. When you people say ‘fanny’ an Ozzie will either wince or smile. In your Kultcha it’s the arse end of a human. In Oz, it’s the female genitals – always good for a laugh] little girls) who married his 13 year old cousin, Myra Gale Brown. They knew a bit about incest in them thar hills.
    In 2004 Swaggart http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Swaggart said: “I’m trying to find the correct name for it … this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. … I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God he died.”
    Which has absolutely nothing to do with sex education or does it?
    Although it does show one of the MANY ways True Believers™ can justify killing.

    S-Sadie:

    I truly, truly do not understand some people. Like “pro-lifers,

  8. …and rooted [] little girls

    I’m prob’ly gonna be put on some Ozzie Hit List for divulging this bit of highly classified and secret info, but I gotta say a bit more about this word ‘root’.
    I mean, like … we say: cheer or ‘barrack for the team’ (Yeah. I know what ‘the barracks’ are and what goes on there).
    But … ALL, and I mean EVERY SINGLE (or married) Australian, thinks gang-bang when we hear y’all say you ‘root for a team’.
    I just lerve Kultcha.
    ssshhh – don’t tell any one I told you.
    Oh and Pah-leeze – don’t take offence – if a little boy can’t laugh at his Uncle Sam what’s he got left? Islam?

    This is what happens – smoke-free for 4 days and 5 stubbies and …

  9. This is what happens – smoke-free for 4 days and 5 stubbies and …

    Don’t feel bad, John. I’m trying to quit smoking (I’m down to just five a day), and at times the mind’s a little hazy. It’s like I have constant PMS. Hopefully that will clear up with time as I quit for good.

    LOL

  10. The anti-abortionists are right. If someone is involved with murdering unborn babies they should be locked up, actually they should receive the legal death penalty. Anyone that would murder a helpless baby deserves whatever happens to them. I shed my tears for the babies not the babykillers.

  11. Spit on it, Spitz. I shed MY tears for anti-choicers who have lost their capacities for intellectual discourse, not for fetuses.

  12. If you want to help the pwar ickle babies then why don’t you start by helping the ones who have been born. Go do some volenteer work; help mothers to breastfeed, UNICEF say it is the top thing that will help reduce baby mortality, more than clean water.
    If you want to help babies then get off you arse and go out and see if any young mums in your street need a babysitter for a few hours so that they can get some sleep. Go and help women who have chosen to have babies.

  13. Go do some volenteer work; help mothers to breastfeed,

    ….. LOL

    What would this sort of work entail, holding her tit for her?

    …..

    and where do we sign up for such work?

  14. well I’m sure if Obama was a politician in the UK you’d all vote for him and his poicies – right? Well i’m afraid that leaving babies, who have survived abortions, to die in a bin amongst other dead babies is not right no matter what! And the way they kill them by pushing a scalpel into their skull is disgusting – but as long as it doesn’t affect you and your like then it’s ok – makes me sick!!

  15. ANYONE WHO BELIEVES ABORTION IS OK IS EVIL…INNOCENT DEFENSLESS BEAUTIFUL BABIES RIPPED FROM THE COMFORT OF THE WOMB DESTROYED LIMB BY LIMB. IF U MAKE A LIFE AND U DIDN’T INTEND TO THATS UR PROBLEM NOT THE BABY’S.
    WE WERE ALL ONCE ‘FETUS’S’…WD WE HAVE WANTED THE SAME AGONISING DESTINY,DISCARDED INTO THE BIN LIKE A PIECE OF RUBBISH?
    NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO KILL A BABY AT ANY STAGE OF PREGNANCY…NO MATTER WHAT.

  16. ABORTION IS KILLING. WOULD YOU LIKE IT YOUR MOTHER WAS HAVING YOU AND A DOCTOR KILLED YOU. YOU WOULD BE DEAD NOW. AND IF YOU WHERE BORN HAVE A GREAT LIFE AND A FAMILY.

    SO YOU SUPPORT KILLING. KILLING KILLING

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