Skip to content

Pro-abortion activist given £512,000 of taxpayers' money to write abortion book

Printer-friendly version

A pro-abortion activist has been given £512,000 in tax-payer funding, to write a book promoting abortion.

Sally Sheldon, a law professor at the University of Kent, is a trustee of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain's largest abortion provider.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has granted her £512,000 to write a 'biographical study' on the 1967 Abortion Act.

Last week, BPAS and other pro-abortion groups protested strongly against £250,000 of government money given to pro-life group Life charity.

Radical abortion stance

Professor Sheldon contributed to Johnson's bill to decriminalise abortion, which received its first reading last month.

She has previously expressed support for 'gender-abortion' and has been campaigning for abortion for 20 years. She describes the 1967 Abortion Act as "a remnant of the attitude of a previous age".


Commenting on the funding being granted to Professor Sheldon, Dr Tom Rogers, SPUC's Education Outreach Manager, said:

"As if it is not in itself abominable that taxpayers' money is being used to fund state sponsored abortions on a daily basis, now we learn that more state funds -  in excess of £500,000 - are to be showered on a pro-abortion activist to tell the state how well it is doing in spending this money killing unborn babies.

"Instead of celebrating the 50th anniversary of abortion legislation they should be using this money to help bring an end to abortion, by among other things, assisting mothers with practical support in crisis pregnancies."

Dr Rogers added:"It demonstrates a warped sense of priorities that Prof Sheldon has been given twice as much as the charity Life received to actually help pregnant homeless women - a decision which BPAS (which Sally Sheldon is a trustee of) fiercely criticised. Such hypocrisy comes as no surprise."

Propaganda for schoolchildren

In addition to her book she plans to use the funding to produce teaching packs for schools, and a website for schoolchildren.

Tom Rogers said in response to this:

"It seems crystal clear given this decision that people would be correct to conclude that this government cannot be trusted with compulsory sex education, if this is the kind of priority they have in mind.

"The vast majority of ordinary mums and dads will be outraged and would much prefer politicians to concentrate on the fundamentally important matter of educational attainment instead of promoting the abortion industry under the guise of sex education."

Robert Flello, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent South and co-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-life Group, also criticised the move.

"If public money is going to be used to fund work that is not only going to be a book but is going to fund materials going into our schools in support of pro-abortion propaganda then it is an utterly outrageous use of public money," he said. 

Related links: 
Fury as pro-choice activist is handed £500,000 of taxypayers' cash to write a book on abortion (Mail)
Abortion activist given 500k of taxpayers' money to write book (SPUC) 
Camilla Olim: Abortion and the politics of progress 


Subscribe to our emails