My post-hospital blog entry stirred up rather a commotion, and led aebrahim and jesus_x to write responses. Those who followed the original controversy may be interested in their takes, and the ensuing discussion.
And, in case people think things are still too quiet, I just want to have a quick rant about abortion law.
The current law in the UK is that abortion is legal at under 24 weeks if two doctors consent, stating that to continue with the pregnancy would present a risk to the physical or mental health of the woman or her existing children. Millions of abortions are performed legally each year.
Now, there is a proposal to change the limit from 24 weeks to 12. This is apparently because medical advances mean that babies born prematurely at 24 weeks can now be kept alive.
Er, hello? How does an increase in doctor’s knowledge change the essential nature of the humanity of an unborn child? Either an 18-week-old foetus is a person or it isn’t – it doesn’t start becoming one just because doctors get cleverer and technology has improved!
It’s also been reported that people are rethinking their view on abortion because of new pictures which have been published, showing a baby in a womb much more clearly.
Er, hello? How does a set of pretty pictures change the essential nature of the humanity of an unborn child? People who are changing their minds because of this should feel ashamed – their attitude was just the same as that of the western world’s towards genocide in Africa. “If we can’t see it happening, we don’t need to worry about it.”