'Even as a staunch feminist, you have to accept at some point babies have rights too', says Julia Hartley-Brewer

'Even as a staunch feminist, you have to accept at some point babies have rights too', says Julia Hartley-Brewer

Julia Hartley-Brewer and Clare Murphy had a debate on abortion (Stock image)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Julia Hartley-Brewer has said even though she agrees with the right to abortion and is a "staunch feminist" at some point "you have to accept a baby has rights too".

The Royal College of Nursing is set to announce support for a campaign to end time limits on abortion. The We Trust Women campaign was set up by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and is calling for the ban on abortions after 24 weeks to be lifted.

Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, told Julia: "Because the ethical consequences of whether to carry that pregnancy to term or end that pregnancy lie with the woman who’s pregnant, it should be her decision [on if and when to abort]."

Julia argued, "I would say that, even as a staunch feminist, who agrees with the right to abortion, at some point you have to accept the baby has some rights too."

She also said she'd "march in the streets for the rights of women to have abortions as a last resort, not as a form of contraception".

Murphy said "I can tell you very clearly that the women sitting in our waiting rooms now do not want to be there" and "women do not use abortion as a form of contraception" but, according to Julia, "some do", the presenter adding that she knows "women who’ve had seven abortions".

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