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Parliament urged to introduce new parental notification legislation following Coronation Street secret abortion plot

Lord David Alton of Liverpool has joined calls for Parliament to introduce new parental notification legislation after the public took to social media shocked that children can get a secret abortion without their parent’s knowledge.

Heartbreaking scenes in a recent episode of Coronation Street saw young schoolgirl Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney), aged just 14, have an abortion in secret without her parent’s knowledge.

Baffled viewers believed the error was made by Coronation Street’s plot writers as they questioned the legality of whether a minor could have an abortion procedure without parental consent or involvement.

The public took to twitter and social media to express their confusion and shock at how an underage schoolgirl could undergo an abortion without her parent’s knowledge.

The plotline, however, brought to light the fact that underage girls can have an abortion in the UK without parental involvement, and that parents have no legal right to be informed or consulted about their child’s abortion.

A report from Care Quality Commission published in 2017 found that in some Marie Stopes International abortion clinics, parents, partners or friends of pregnant women who might persuade them to think again about the termination were ‘seen as an inconvenience’ and that ‘their presence was strongly discouraged’. Inspectors also raised concerns in the report that girls under the age of 16 were having abortions ‘without being made fully aware of the consequences and risks’.

The introduction of parental notification legislation would bring the UK in line with a number of other European countries, including the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, which require parents to be involved if a child proceeds with an abortion.

Catholic crossbench peer, Lord Alton, told The Catholic Universe: “As a parent myself I can understand why parents around the country have been shocked to learn that their child can be taken away to an abortion clinic for a secret abortion without parents being involved.

“Polling shows a large majority of parents want a law change on this. It’s now time for Parliament to begin steps to introduce a parental notification law that will ensure that parents are involved in what can be one of the biggest decisions of their child’s lives.”

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Clare McCarthy, told The Catholic Universe: “The secret abortion plotline has served to raise public concern in relation to the safety of a young 14-year-old schoolgirl in the hands of the abortion industry and her ability to consent.

“The abortion industry cannot be trusted to take the place of parents to know what is in the best interests of their child. As we have seen from CQC reports, abortion facilities have been found to have a vested interest in girls undergoing abortions.

Coronation Street viewers were left rightly shocked at this unbelievable reality in the UK which highlights the lack of legal protections in place to protect vulnerable girls, under the age of consent, and the fact that parents have no legal right to be informed or consulted about their child’s abortion,” continued Ms McCarthy.

“This also highlights the ridiculous scenario here in the UK where a girl aged under 16 needs parental consent to take a paracetamol pill at school but does not need any parental consent for her school nurse to take her off to an abortion clinic to terminate her pregnancy.

“A ComRes poll, conducted in 2017, showed that 70 per cent of parents agree that parental or guardian consent should be required for girls aged 15 or under to undergo an abortion.”

Picture: Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney). (ITV Plc).

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JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

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With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

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