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PM won't support changes to abortion counselling

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David Cameron will not support backbench efforts to strip abortion providers of their role in counselling women considering a termination, it has emerged.

The Prime Minister is said to be “personally sympathetic” to calls by Conservative MP Nadine Dorries for more advice for women in that position.

But he opposes her attempt to prevent organisations like Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service being allowed to offer support.

Ms Dorries, backed by Labour MP Frank Field, is hoping to secure a Commons vote on the issue next week when MPs consider the Health and Social Care Bill.

She has tabled an amendment which she says is designed to prevent organisations with a financial interest in performing terminations from providing advice to women.

Downing Street sources said Mr Cameron would not be supporting the amendment if it was called by Commons speaker John Bercow.

The prime minister might vote against it but is more likely to abstain. His backbenchers will have a free vote.

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  • :http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/721/673/933/
    I sugguest if anyone that would like to add their say regarding the proposed reform does so via the above website!
    My worry is that uninformed choices will be made without necessary information & support. Our teenage pregnancy rates are already way above the rest of Europe & Sexual Health Education has always been the 'poor relative' in Health Care in the UK.......

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  • This piece -Inside an abortion clinic http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/01/life-inside-an-abortion-clinic
    prompted the CE of BPAS to comment on FB
    ''this is why I think being bpas chief exec is the best job on the planet. How good is this clinic and these staff?!'

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  • 2 good links above, thankyou.

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