Family Policy > Abortion
New Conservative is committed to saving both lives. The life of the baby in the womb, and the life of the mother from complications arising from surgery, serious mental health issues, medical, etc.
New Conservative believes abortion should remain under the Crimes Act as it involves the choices of one or more people resulting in the death of another. The taking of another’s life is a crime, not a health issue, and must be considered as such.
New Conservative is committed to ensuring that any abortion practiced under The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 is actually practiced in accordance with that law, “having full regard for the rights of the unborn child.” The rights of the unborn child need to be defined in law.
A person's beating heart has been considered a sign of life for millenia. The child in the womb, therefore, must be given the same human right to life as the mother if a heartbeat is detected. Protections will remain in place for doctors who cause the death of an unborn child while acting in good faith for the preservation of the life of the mother.
New Conservative will ensure that anyone seeking abortion is given sufficient factual information through compulsory independent counselling and a minimum of 48 hours reflection time to enable them to make an informed choice as to whether they continue to seek an abortion or not. Such advice would include information regarding Pill Reversal for chemical abortions, alternative paths such as adoption with prenatal and postnatal care and support.
New Conservative will ensure that the matter of coercion and other factors that may render an abortion illegal be addressed, and that ‘persons of influence’ in such cases could be liable under the Crimes Act.
New Conservative will ensure that, except in highly exceptional circumstances, parental notification occurs regarding abortion procedures for children aged 16 and under.