Sunny Hundal: LIFE are 'religious nutjobs'
He made the remark in the context of the cross-party efforts of Frank Field and Nadine Dorries to ensure that women seking an abortion are provided with impartial and comprehensive information about the alternatives as well as the potential consequences. Presently, the Government only funds abortion providers if the abortion proceeds. And yet it is these same providers which are entrusted to counsel vulnerable and often emotional women before the procedure is carried out. There is no requirement in law for women to be informed about the alternatives, like adoption.
As Frank Field pointed out: "This is a clear conflict of interest that would not be allowed anywhere else, because the clinic will not receive the large fee for carrying out the abortion if the woman decides not to go ahead with it. My proposal is not closing down choice, but promoting choice – because women will receive independent advice about their options."
Clearly, this slightly irritates Sunny Hundal, who detects a conspiracy to usurp BPAS and replace them with LIFE. To him, BPAS are the enlightened ones; LIFE are the 'religious nutjobs'.
What do these nutjobs do? From their website:
LIFE exists to save lives and transform the futures of some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the UK by supporting vulnerable pregnant mothers and young families through difficult times, offering them the help they need to turn their lives around.LIFE's mission is to uphold the utmost respect for human life from fertilisation (conception) until natural death. They fulfil this mission by:
The activities we undertake to realise this vision fall under four broad programmes:
•Housing - Residential centres providing supported accommodation and access to skills training for pregnant homeless young women aged between 16-25 yrs;
•Care - A network of Care Centres offering non-directive counselling for anyone facing a crisis pregnancy, suffering the loss of a baby or coping with the after-effects of abortion. Also provision of free baby clothes, equipment or other practical support to families in difficulty;
•Education - Education Officers working in partnership with schools to provide young people with up-to-date, evidence-based information on abortion, stem cell research, sexual health and other related topics;
•FertilityCare - The UK's leading centre giving women a more natural alternative to traditional fertility treatment, which has just seen the successful birth of its 100th baby!
•Offering non-directive counselling and information on pregnancy, pregnancy loss and abortion;If this makes one a 'religious nutjob', His Grace is proud to be one. He might have hoped that such an important debate would have been conducted in a more grown-up fashion with mature reason and argument. Apparently, that is not Sunny Hundal's way.
•Offering practical and emotional support to help women continue their pregnancy and supporting them for as long afterwards as necessary;
•Offering counselling and support for women and men damaged by abortion;
•Offering counselling and support for women and men suffering as a result of pregnancy loss;
•Offering information and support on adoption;
•Providing a nationwide network of supported accommodation for pregnant women and/or mothers of small children;
•Educating the public, but most importantly young people, about the rights and dignity of each person;
•Offering fertility treatment for married couples and women's healthcare and natural fertility management for all;
•Acting as an advocate at national and international level for the rights and dignity of each person from fertilisation (conception) until natural death and challenging governments and policy makers to adopt policies which reflect and uphold the utmost respect for human life from fertilisation until natural death.
So His Grace will leave it to his communicants to call Mr Hundal whatever childish names they wish.