Everybody’s favourite politician, Jeremy Hunt, announced over the weekend that he would like the law on abortion changed from 24 to 12 weeks. I have a few thoughts on abortion – these comments are not aimed at individuals who have chosen to have an abortion. It is a powerful and emotional subject and I don’t want to pretend to understand what dilemmas or pain any individual is going through as they choose whether to have an abortion or not. These brief comments are aimed at the argument regarding abortion – not at indiviudals:
- A mother was recently charged with murder for killing her baby after 36 weeks of pregnancy by poisoning it. I presume the same is true for any fetus over 24 weeks? If abortion is legal then there has to be a line somewhere but it seems crazy that after 168 days of pregnancy a medical procedure has been carried out, but at 169 days of pregnancy somebody has been murdered.
- I really hate the argument that abortion should be legal because backstreet abortions would be dangerous. This argument suggests that abortions are unethical, but should still be allowed because of the negative consequences of prohibiting them. Since when was it a logical argument that an immoral act should be encouraged in order to stop other bad things happening? Should we provide an NHS murder service for people who are annoyed by others because putting murder underground runs the risk of infection if it goes wrong, injury to bystanders and costs a lot of money in terms of policing and the justice system?
- My opinion that abortion is wrong is weak because I don’t know where to draw the line at the other end. What about terminating a fetus before it’s heart beats? What about the morning after pill? What about contraception?
I strongly believe that every unborn child is a human being and has the right to life, no matter what circumstances they were conceived in, or what struggles they may have in life because of a known disability or the colour of their hair – it is not for us to choose. Did you ever meet someone who had an unplanned pregnancy, kept the child, and regretted it?