Abortion is a very thorny issue and a potential minefield for anyone venturing into it. Indeed to many feminist groups the fact that I’m male would mean any opinion I had was not valid at all, though again to many feminist groups my opinion wouldn’t matter on any subject…
Essentially there are three groups, pro, anti and indifferent with the indifferents in very much a minority as pretty much everyone I know has some sort of opinion one way or another.
THE abortion limit should be lowered from 24 weeks to 20 weeks, claims David Cameron’s new Women’s Minister. Maria Miller, a mother-of-three who describes herself as a modern feminist, said: “I looked at it from the really important stance of the impact on women and children.
“What we’re trying to do is not to put obstacles in people’s way but to reflect the way medical science has moved.”
Strongly An aide to Mrs Miller said she was not calling for a change in the law but was stating her “strongly held view”.
Mrs Miller had backed Tory MP Nadine Dorries when she put forward a backbench Bill for a law change in 2008.
But the move has caused alarm to pro-choice groups, who are already concerned about Jeremy Hunt’s appointment as Health Secretary.
In 2008, he voted in favour of halving the limit to 12 weeks.
In the end, if we are going to allow abortion it has to be balanced against the unborn child’s chances of survival, medical technology has moved on in such a way that there now is a reasonable chance that if a woman went into labour at 24 weeks then there is a slightly better than 50/50 chance the child will live.
That I believe is the only criteria that should count in meddling with abortion laws other than a yes/no vote on the subject. Not that very many women tend to go to 24 weeks, or indeed 20, but if the chances are that a child could survive at 24 weeks then clearly the limit is currently too high. Yes I know it’s all down to statistics and possibly a post code lottery as to whether or not a hospital has the means to aid such a survival, but overall if the chances are now over 50/50 then in my opinion the law needs to change to reflect this.
Yes, I know all about it being a woman’s choice and I’m pretty much of the opinion of her body, her rules, yet that has to be offset by the improvements in technology to the point that if survival is a reasonable possibility, then the child has rights too.
However I’m not expecting common sense on this issue…