Agreement Reached That Religion Has No Place in Determining Public PolicyFriday, July 23 2010
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) and Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) organized a press briefing on trends and challenges related to abortion politics in the UK and USA.
The panel included Anne Furedi, Frances Kissling and anti-abortion journalist Dominick Lawson. The panel was moderated by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Director General, Dr Steve W. Sinding. The briefing was a breakthrough in terms of open discussion of the values that underlie various political priorities and legal abortion.
Panellists discussed the need to expand the debate about abortion beyond legislation and electoral interests into an ongoing public discussion about what we believe about abortion. All panellists agreed that religion has no place in determining public policy on these issues in electoral politics. There was also agreement that the public interest in foetal life has increased as a result of technology and does need to be addressed.