Compassion and Respect for Life
We are committed to the following policy priorities:
- Ensure an uncompromising pro-life ethic is re-established across the NHS. The right to life is the right from which all others flow. 'Doing no harm' will be restored as the paramount principle in health care. As a first step, we will seek to repeal the 1967 Abortion Act.
- An end will be put to the use of the morning after pill. Offer positive alternatives to abortion. To deter the back street abortionists, the CPA will provide direct support to pro-life caring agencies in their counselling and bereavement work with women. Our new child allowances will tackle financial reasons justifying abortion.
- In conjunction with local authorities, caring agencies and the faith communities, the CPA will ensure that no woman seeks an abortion because of a lack of accommodation, baby essentials, cots, prams or clothes or the availability of fostering and adoption services. All such agencies will be required to consider the interests of the child as paramount in his or her placement, including placing children in an appropriate faith relevant family.
- A public health campaign will be run warning of the consequences of abortion, such as post-abortion syndrome, health complications and the associated risks of breast cancer. The CPA will ensure the provision of a 24-hour, 7-day a week helpline for women and couples considering abortion.
- Embryo and hybrid human-animal experimentation will be outlawed, as will embryo stem cell research. The screening out of abnormalities in embryos will be ended and a commitment made to listening and acting on the needs, views and interests of people with disabilities or long-term illness.
- Greater investment will be provided for ethical and more successful work by the biotech industries, such as research and treatments involving the use of adult stem cells. Unlike embryonic stem cells, these continue to offer proven medical and therapeutic benefits to patients. So far 73 treatments for diseases and medical conditions have been derived from the use of adult stem cells and none from the use of human embryos.
- The CPA will develop ways of promoting the hospice movement, begun by Dame Cecily Saunders.
- Oppose all eugenic practises. Hospitals and residential homes will be subject to new standards in their care and treatment of older people. It is never justified to treat older people as less entitled to life and respect merely because of their age or because of frailty. Deliberate acts leading to the death of older people by healthcare professionals will be exposed and policies to introduce euthanasia by the back door will be rooted out. Best practice in palliative care will be adopted nationally across all health and social care authorities so that no patient need seek either assisted suicide or euthanasia.
- Ensure respect for older people and the long-term ill. We will fund personal care for elderly and disabled people from the health budget so no one will be forced to sell their home to pay for care. We will initiate a Commissioner for Older People, who will also be an advocate for the long term sick and those with enduring health problems. The Commissioner will make recommendations as to the best way to assess, review and provide care for these vulnerable individuals.
- A UK based Voluntary Services at Home Scheme will be introduced for people to give at least 12 months service utilising their skills for the community. We will pay a lump sum on successful completion for a resettlement grant and pension scheme contribution. In addition, those under 30 who undertake 2 years competent service will be given an educational voucher equivalent to 12 months full time study, whilst fees exist.
- Improve home care services. Working with the local authorities, the CPA is committed to the introduction of good quality and affordable home care services. We will provide home adaptations to enable older people and the terminally ill to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. When needed, older people will be offered a range of housing options including good quality and affordable sheltered housing or co-housing.