Lord David Alton of Liverpool has called on the public to urge their MPs to attend a parliamentary meeting in which experts will discuss the latest research on foetal pain.
The devout Catholic peer, who is known for his strongly pro-life position on abortion, said people should ensure their MPs attend the meeting, which will take place next week, as they will hear the views of two experts, one pro-life and one ‘pro-choice’, who “agree that the new evidence should give us all pause for thought”.
“The evidence that babies can feel pain in the womb, and during many abortions, highlights the humanity of the unborn child and provides another important reason to introduce legislation to protect the unborn child from abortion,” said Lord Alton.
“To ensure MPs and peers are aware of the latest evidence regarding foetal pain, the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group has organised a parliamentary meeting next week (Tuesday 17th November) where MPs and peers will have the opportunity to hear from John Bockmann PA and Dr Stuart Derbyshire, co-authors of a recent Journal of Medical Ethics article, ‘Reconsidering Foetal Pain’. While these two experts hold ‘divergent views regarding the morality of abortion,’ they have come together to address the science behind foetal pain.”
“Dr Stuart Derbyshire served on the 2010 Royal College of Gynaecologists’ working group, which concluded that foetal pain relief for abortion was unnecessary at any gestation. Now, both he and John Bockmann believe there is ‘good evidence’ that the brain and nervous system, which start developing at 12 weeks’ gestation, are sufficient enough for the baby to feel pain,” added Lord Alton.
YOU CAN ASK YOUR MP TO ATTEND THE MEETING by going to this link: https://righttolife.org.uk/unbornMPmeeting/
Picture: Internal view of a child in the womb – approx. 10 weeks. (SteveAllenPhoto).