Complaint – Abortion Supervisory Committee
I wish to lodge a complaint against the Abortion Supervisory Committee for refusing to provide our Society with a copy of a letter received by the Committee from Dr Simon Snook dated 22 November 2013. The Committee has declined our request under section 9 [ba] [i] to protect information which is subject to an obligation of confidence. I have enclosed for your information copies of the relevant correspondence.
In support of my complaint I wish to make the following submission.
I have serious reservations about the suspect defence now being offered by Dr Snook and accepted by the Committee.
Dr Snook has been appointed by the Abortion Supervisory Committee as a certifying consultant. He has a statutory duty to authorise abortions in accordance with the requirements of the Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 and with the Crimes Act 1961. He has thus been given the responsibility of deciding, which children shall live and which children will be killed.
A certifying consultant may only be appointed, if he or she provides a written declaration to the Committee that he or she does not hold views on abortion that do not comply with the legislation. A doctor, who believes that abortion is a woman’s choice, is precluded from appointment as a certifying consultant.