Choices

I refer to the report (November 30th) on the endeavours of Nadine Dorries MP, to reform the abortion laws. Women who are thinking of abortion, and those who have had one, surely need all the compassion and support they can get. But this should not prevent

I refer to the report (November 30th) on the endeavours of Nadine Dorries MP, to reform the abortion laws. Women who are thinking of abortion, and those who have had one, surely need all the compassion and support they can get.

But this should not prevent us from asking tough questions about abortion. It is notable that advocates of abortion always talk about the rights of women, not those of unborn children. This is not usually a choice between the mother's life or the baby's life - most abortions are for social reasons, not because the pregnancy threatens the mother's life. It can be made to appear as a choice between two morally equal-sounding options: continuing with the pregnancy or not continuing with it. Rather, is it a choice between continuing with the pregnancy or killing the unborn child? That would put a different perspective on it.

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