Abortion advice and counselling from someone who does not have a financial interest in the outcome of decision

Amendments concerning the provision of independent information for women considering an abortion are expected to be tabled to Parliament’s Health and Social Care Bill, and will be debated on 6th September.

Nadine Dorries MP and Frank Field MP with the backing of the Right to Know Campaign, have put forward the amendments. They want to ensure women have access to advice and counselling from someone who does not have a vested financial interest in the outcome of the decision.

Though the Government has recognised the need for independent counselling to be provided, those with a financial insentive in their ‘counselling’ are lobbying hard to oppose any change. The abortion industry are claiming that women could be influenced by people with a religious bias – as though that is worse that consulting those who have a financial bias!

The abortion industry won in 2007.

See a previous post for some more info on this.

This change is long overdue!

2 thoughts on “Abortion advice and counselling from someone who does not have a financial interest in the outcome of decision

  1. Obviously Christians would say that counseling with a religious bias is better than from those with a financial incentive, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Christians who oppose abortion are positively interested in any potential abortion not going ahead.

    So the more interesting question is whether a counselor’s religious beliefs affect his or her advice to the extent that is stops being independent.

    I have friends who work for Reflect, a Christian pregnancy crisis charity in York, and from what they’ve told me, while they personally would generally view an abortion as wrong, that doesn’t get in the way of the service they offer their clients. i.e. they might explain the view about life beginning at conception, but concede that it is one of many views.

    If I have interpreted them rightly, they would prioritise supporting the client, helping her to make a well-informed decision above pushing a personal agenda, religious or otherwise. The client’s well-being is their priority.

    From my own limited experience in counseling training, the job of the counselor isn’t to advise but to illuminate the client’s situation for them to decide their next step for themselves.

    After all, forcing someone to make a choice is no choice at all, a theme we are familiar with when talking about the need for free will in Christian-y conversations.

    • Good point George. I support the call for independent counselling.

      I think faith can be the insensitive for someone to offer excellent, impartial counselling. Any counselling, whether by the abortion providers or faith groups, that is coercive is wrong.

      I hope this move to ensure independent counselling succeeds this time.

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