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David Cameron wants to block pornography on the internet. Now, whilst I’m anti-porn, I don’t think this sort of censorship is the right step forward. SonniesEdge has written a brilliant article on pornblocking in relation to it being suggested in 2010; the same still applies now. What would be better, perhaps, is encouraging parents to … Continue reading

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  •   Researchers believe abortion rights are still strongly supported by the British public, and have found have found that 70% of participants believe that a woman should have the right to choose, an Ipsos MORI poll commissioned by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) has found. In a recent statement bpas chief executive Ann Furedi said: “It is heartening to know the overwhelming majority of people respect a woman’s right to make her own decision in her own way when she finds herself in this situation.” The survey assessed attitudes to whether women should be able to terminate a pregnancy, whether abortion should be made more difficult for women and attitudes to whether women think hard enough before having an abortion. Ann Furedi continued: “The decision to have, or not have, a child is personal and private. We welcome findings suggesting that few people wish to see it made more difficult for women to obtain abortions and that there is little appetite for government measures in this area. Abortion is not a lifestyle choice but a possible solution to the serious problem of an unwanted pregnancy.  Most people see parenting as a significant responsibility to be planned and undertaken with consideration, not entered into by accident.” Over half of all participants (53%) agreed with the statement: “A woman should not have to continue with her pregnancy if she wants an abortion”. However this has declined by 10% since 2006, and 12% since 2001 in which 65% of participants agreed. Interestingly the results of the survey revealed a greater agreement with women's right to choose for conservative voters. Nearly 60% of those who intended to vote conservative agreed with the statement “If a woman wants an abortion, she should not have to continue with her pregnancy”. This is compared to 47% of Liberal Democrat voters agreeing, and 19% disagreeing, while 58% of Labour voters agreed and 20% disagreed with the statement.  

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