TAKE ACTION: Midwife Union Chief supports access to abortion up to birth for any reason
Over the weekend the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Cathy Warwick, has come in for intense criticism over the pledged support of the RCM for a campaign advocating the decriminalisation of abortion in Britain. Extraordinarily, despite her position as Chief of Britain’s biggest maternity union, it has become apparent that Cathy Warwick is also a trustee of BPAS – the UK’s largest abortion provider – and has even Chaired the Board of Trustees since 2014.
This news has come in the wake of the endorsement by the RCM of a campaign to allow abortion up to birth in Britain for any reason. Regular Impact Direct readers may remember that we wrote about the launch of the innocuous sounding ‘We Trust Women’ campaign in February this year.
A few days ago a formal statement of the RCM’s radical position on abortion was uploaded to its website but, crucially, both the decision to issue this statement and the decision to endorse the campaign to decriminalise abortion were taken without any kind of consultation of RCM members whatsoever.
Public concern has been growing rapidly in the last week in the context of which many Midwives have signed a letter saying that the policy is ‘utterly unacceptable’ and there has been extensive media coverage (see below).
A petition has been launched by the NOT IN OUR NAME campaign calling on the RCM to reconsider its position. Incredibly, after 5 days more than 34,587 people have added their name!
Please add your voice to the thousands who have already spoken up and take action now by visiting the NOT IN OUR NAME website – if you are a midwife there is also an opportunity for you to sign a separate letter.