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So Marie Stopes are trying to bring about the destruction of our society. That's quite a claim Christina. To be honest I could think of more effective ways of destroying society. Try reading my blog
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Although it's fair comment that Frank Field is missing from the Guardian's reporting, and also to suggest further evidence of media fixation on Nadine Dorries; beyond that the whole of this article is extremely misleading. The poll to which it refers may well have been published only yesterday - but was carried out in March of this year - when the issue was hardly top of the agenda. It's a survey also of 154 MPs - not he whole 650 - less than a quarter. This is clearly a substantial sample - however in a parliamentary decision making process, it's the whole population that counts - not a general trend. There's no indication of how the 154 MP's were sampled other than to say it's a "representative" cross section, and has been weighted according to precise party make-up of the house. Again this is a questionable approach - This would always be likely to be a free vote - is there any need to weight it ? and if not, what exactly is a representative cross-section ? and how was it selected. That aside, the questions asked of the MPs were not presented as yes or no answers - but as scores between -2 (Disagree strongly) and +2 (Agree strongly) - but with no option to score 0. The questions are not in line with current proposed amendments either. "A woman should have a right to impartial advice when considering having an abortion, from a source that has no commercial interest in her decision" - is a very different statement from saying that this advice has to be compulsorily made available (and presumably funded). It also begs the issue of whether existing advice providers such as BPAS & Marie Stopes have a commercial interest - both are "not for profit" charities - and indeed whether organisations such as "Life" could be considered impartial. The second question - which does NOT have 92% support, but 76% - and only 64% "strongly agree" answers, is formulated misleadingly - it does not say that such an amendment would prevent existing sources from being able to provide advice, It says "to enable GP consortia to be able to offer impartial advice" - the inference which one would take, would be that it would be the GP's themselves that were providing this advice, and it would be IN ADDITION to advice already provided. The hidden sting in the tail also is that the question ends : " if GP consortia wish to provide such a service " - there's no implied obligation to do so. So the questions asked are not in the spirit of Dorries/Field amendments - they are very different. The groups which have a so-called vested interest in promoting abortion, are respected charities - they do not seek to profit from providing abortions. Why anyone should think they could have any other reason for persuading women to have abortions is frankly bizarre. I do really get quite exasperated at the intolerant and inaccurate claims made by each side of the abortion argument against their opponents, and think it's high time some of them made some moves to accommodate each others position (as I've blogged here : http://northernheckler.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/pro-life-and-pro-choice/)
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So Donal Blaney and the Young Britons Foundation are now Centre Right ? I'm surprised you bother publishing tripe like this
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Not seen Armstrong's stuff around for some time. Her autobographical stuff regarding becoming a Nun, and then stopping being a nun were some of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Reading her strengthened my atheism, but I could never understand her being so drawn to "mysticism" which seemed such a lot of garbage to me. She also had a peculiar brand of feminism which I couldn't get my head round as a man - I'm not sure that women could either. Have always had soft spot for her, she discusses things I want to discuss even if she discusses them in ways I don't particularly like or agree with. I thought her description of St Paul having an epileptic seizure on the road to Damascus was inspired.
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