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‘Kill first, remove later’ – Royal College releases horrific new guidance on abortions during coronavirus

30 June 2020         Issued by: Christian Concern

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published new guidelines for healthcare professionals providing abortions during the coronavirus crisis.

The measures include guidelines on performing ‘feticide’, which involves actively killing a healthy baby in the womb by lethal injection, and then removing the body later.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, is calling for an ‘urgent review’ into the activism and campaigning role of the RCOG.

The guidance has been published following the Court of Appeal’s decision to allow a judicial review on the government’s controversial decision to allow ‘DIY’ abortions in a pregnant woman’s home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The case has already exposed the influence of the abortion industry at the heart of government.

‘Feticide’ advised

The RCOG’s guidance states that if a woman has coronavirus and her “clinical condition prevents abortion, and she risks exceeding the gestation limit, feticide should be performed in collaboration with local fetal medicine services if necessary, to enable delay in the procedure to evacuate / empty the uterus.”

Disturbingly, this could mean ending the life of the unborn baby in the sixth month of pregnancy, and then leaving the dead body inside the woman for an indeterminate amount of time.

Alithea Williams of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) commented, “Abortion is legal up to birth for suspected disability and cases when the mother’s life is threatened, so that’s not what we’re talking about here. In order to be concerned about legal limits, the RCOG must be talking about the abortion of a healthy baby to a healthy woman, just before the legal limit of 24 weeks. To be carrying out an abortion this late in pregnancy for clearly non-medical reasons is bad enough, but to deliberately carry out an incomplete abortion, leaving the woman carrying a dead baby for however long? That’s truly abhorrent.”

RCOG guidelines on feticide, which is carried out through a lethal injection to the baby’s heart, state: “Where a decision to abort a pregnancy after 21 weeks and 6 days is taken, feticide should be routinely offered…in cases where…the abortion is not for fetal abnormality and is being undertaken after 21 weeks and 6 days of gestation, failure to perform feticide could result in a live birth and survival, which contradicts the intention of the abortion.”

The guidelines demonstrate that abortion is designed to kill an unborn baby, not merely an issue of women’s rights over their body, since the baby stays in the body.

10-week abortion ‘insignificant’

The RCOG admit that it is likely to facilitate abortions past the 10-week limit, and describes the consequences as ‘insignificant’:

“Inadvertent treatment of gestations over 10 weeks is inevitable in some women, although the consequences for most are unlikely to be significant.” It adds that: “There should be no legal consequences for either the clinician or the woman, even if gestation is unexpectedly advanced, when they can demonstrate that they have acted ’in good faith’. … It should be noted that terminations of pregnancy (of any gestation) carried out within the law are not subject to a child death review.”

Exposing the level of activism behind these measures, the guidance even strays into identity politics stating:

“Gynaecological and obstetric services and delivery of care must therefore be appropriate, inclusive and sensitive to the needs of those individuals whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.”

Urgent review of Royal College needed

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said: “It is shocking that a Royal College is blatantly suggesting ways to get around the law and giving ideas on how to provide cover for those who break the law.

“It exposes starkly the activist and campaigning role of the Royal College. Their role advising government, together with the major abortion providers, is far from impartial and needs to come under urgent review.” 


Alithea Williams of SPUC is not to be confused with Andrea Williams (Christian Concern) and is a third party. Her quote is sourced from the SPUC website, not original to this release:

The RCOG guidelines – ‘The care of women: requesting induced abortion’

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