Royal College of Midwives Must Not Betray the Profession of Midwifery
Dear Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives and the head of the board of trustees for BPAS,
I write to you to express my extreme disappointment and anger at the Royal College of Midwives’ support for the extremist “We Trust Women” campaign by abortion provider BPAS.
It is extremely saddening that a profession which is directed towards helping mothers to give birth to their children is now actively promoting the destruction of those children at any stage of pregnancy. Not only that, but in doing so, you are also attempting to restrict the conscientious rights of members of your college – whom you did not even consult – in their involvement in abortion.
Your campaign is severely out of touch with what women actually think and want. A ComRes poll in March 2014 found that 88% of women favoured a total and explicit ban on sex-selective abortion, whilst another in October that year registered a similar figure of 85%. The March poll also found 92% of women agreeing that a woman requesting an abortion should always be seen in person by a qualified doctor. Whilst in 2006, a Guardian / MORI poll found that 47% of women wanted a reduction in the upper time limit, a 2012 Angus Reid poll found this number had increased to 59% of women.
I implore you to listen to these women and the many midwives in the college. Most do not share the views of a small number in the RCM.
You say “We Trust Women”: I ask you ‘which women? The born or the unborn? And why not both?’
Your positions represent a disgraceful betrayal of your profession and must be undone.
I demand therefore that you retract the RCM’s support for the ‘We Trust Women’ campaign; that you retract the RCM's extreme position on abortion; that you respect the full conscientious rights of midwives; and that you consult with the members of the RCM on these important issues before any formal statements are made.