By Martin Durham
Considering Margaret Thatcher's election in 1979, a recurrent subject in executive rhetoric has concentrated round the family members and ethical values. in the course of its years in workplace, the govt has handed laws on intercourse schooling and obscenity and been desirous about battles over abortion, birth control for under-16s and different matters. This examine examines the paintings of ethical crusades throughout the Thatcher years and their dating to the govt. and the recent correct and demanding situations these bills which see Thatcherism as pursuing a constant moralist schedule and which equate anti-abortion campaigners or critics of intercourse schooling with America's ethical Majority.
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It was therefore referred to a Select Committee and thus forfeited its chance to succeed in the parliamentary session. 27 While the bill had been supported by LIFE, this had not been true for SPUC (a difference which reflected the ongoing dispute about the 1929 Act and the 'pro-life' movement's tactics). The government, according to SPUC, was merely offering a 'sop to win the Christian vote' by supporting the Bishop's bill. Z 8 All of this, however, was overshadowed by the publicity generated over the decision of an Oxford male student to go to court to attempt to stop his former lover from going through with an abortion.
In addition to deciding between 24 weeks and less, there were other issues, in particular whether to have higher time-limits for serious handicap. ' 60 But, despite such predic- The Battle Against Abortion 31 tions, it was not to be. MPs rejected 20 weeks by 358 to 189 and 22 weeks by 302 to 255. Not only did 24 weeks pass but so did the removal of any time-limit in cases of foetal abnormality or 'grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman'. In addition, MPs voted for the 1929 Act to no longer apply to abortion.
30 Outside Parliament, Dr Adrian Rogers echoed this sentiment: 'One really wonders why the Health Minister has made the decision to appeal to the Lords. It is meant to be a pro-family party to which I belong. ' 31 Tensions were also evident in medical reactions to the new situation. At the BMA annual meeting in July 1984, the chairman of its ethical committee had warned that doctors who refused either to prescribe contraception to under-sixteens or to direct them to someone who would would be liable to appear before the GMC.