Holly Willoughby came close to tears during a heated debate on This Morning yesterday.
She and her co-host Phillip Schofield were discussing late abortions, due to the fact that the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has said it believes women shouldn’t face criminal prosecution if they undergo the procedure after 24 weeks.
Joining the presenters in the studio were journalist Nilufer Atik and agony aunt Hilary Freeman.
Nilufer was arguing that a foetus has a right to life after 24 weeks, while Hilary said she thinks termination should be an option through every stage of pregnancy.
It was when Nilufer spoke about the procedure and Hilary shared her own experience that Holly, 35, appeared to become uncomfortable.
Nilufer told Holly and Phil that, to her understanding, ‘the foetus is literally dismembered inside of you’ during a late-term abortion.
She said: ‘What is the difference between aborting that child the day before he or she is due to be born and murdering that child the instant he or she is born? I don’t see the difference.
‘The child is still a fully formed human being who has a right to live. I think a lot of people don’t realise, in the very late stages of pregnancy how barbaric an abortion is.’
However, Hilary dismissed this claim, responding that most women in such a situation actually have to give birth.
Nilufer said: ‘That in itself is traumatic enough, and I’ve been told that if they can’t get the baby out then they crush the spine.’
At this point, the camera cut to Holly, who was covering her face with her hands and gasping: ‘Oh God, no.’
Phillip then took over, suggesting that every woman goes through something different.
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