TWO English anti-abortion agencies have attacked the French Government for its part in the manufacture of a drug which can induce a miscarriage up to ten weeks after conception.
The protest by Life and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) coincided with the annual shareholders meeting of the French company Roussel-Uclaf, 40 per cent of which is owned by the French Government. Both SPUC and Life handed over letters of protest to the French Embassy in London last Thursday, an action repeated by anti-abortion agencies all over the world.
Life's Campaign Co-ordinator Keith Davies told the Catholic Herald that the 1967 Abortion Act, with its stipulation that abortions can only take place in approved clinics, would ensure that the drug could not be widely used in this country though he expressed concern for "Third World countries" where abortion law is not so strict.
Keith Davies described the drug RU486 as "do-it-yourself abortion kit" and outlines the harm the drug can do to women who can use the drug to induce spontaneous abortion up to the tenth week of pregnancy. "It is an anti-human pesticide to be used in a chemical warfare against women and children", he said.
PORTRAIT painter Michael Noakes in his studio with his portrait of the Duke and Duchess of York, unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery this week. Downside educated Mr Noakes, a past president of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, was commissioned by Yorkshire Television, and the portrait will eventually hang in the city of York.
"My hope is that it is a picture that is modern in feeling, showing a young couple in 1988, whilst at the same time aware of the long tradition of royal portraiture", Mr Noakes said.
The picture will be on show in the National Portrait Gallery until the end of August. Mr Noakes '5 previous subjects have included Princess Anne (seen in the background), other members of the Royal Family, and Cardinal Basil Hume.
Photocredit: Carlos Reyes