New Clause 1 — Amendment of the law relating to abortion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 9:15 pm on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire 9:15 pm, 20th May 2008

I am not going to reveal that to the Minister. I think that people need to know this: the baby was given a lethal injection of potassium through the mother's abdominal wall, into the baby's heart. The process was supervised by an ultrasound scanner, so that the doctor could see exactly where the needle was going—into the foetal heart. The baby died and 24 hours later went through the process of surgical dismemberment and removal. It was just as my hon. Friend Mark Pritchard described. It is the most dramatic experience to watch. The baby was dismembered and put in a plastic bucket.

I hope such an operation is filmed one day and shown on television. The facts have been kept from the general public for too long. Since I had an article published in a newspaper recently, more than 1,000 people have e-mailed and written to me. They had no idea that that was the procedure that took place.

If babies do not live below 24 weeks, one must ask why the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists provides guidelines to guarantee that they do not. Do they live or not? If they do not, why do we go through that horrific process?

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Kit Bathgate
Posted on 21 May 2008 11:59 pm (Report this annotation)

Yes, late abortions are nasty. Surgical procedures generally are. What does that have to do with a woman's right not to be used as a life support machine without her consent? Should we cease open-heart surgery? I imagine that's pretty disgusting to look at as well.

Posted on 22 May 2008 12:08 pm (Report this annotation)

Now, what would be more traumatic for the woman and the feotus? The feotus being operated on whilst alive or dead?