The Right Not To Choose

I switched on the radio this morning to be told that the subject for the 9am phone-in was to be: Should we have an abortion free society? It seems that MP Ed Rennie from the all-party parliamentary pro-life group says that women’s equality will only begin in earnest when we bring abortion to an end.

“That should signal another outbreak of hostilities,” I thought, knowing how heated these debates can get at the best of times, and here was a subject that has two sides firmly entrenched, blazing away with their opinions indiscriminately and no-one listening to anyone.

But the more I thought about, surely the only answer to the question had to be “Yes”.

I should point out that I don’t support the pro-life lobby and I don’t have any religious views on the subject. But that doesn’t mean I’m necessarily pro-choice either.

The argument raged as expected. On one side were those championing the right to life and instilling a greater sense of morality among young people, and on the other the woman’s right to choose and what happens when things go wrong and women become pregnant as a result of accident or crime?

The problem is that the debate focused on the ills of the world at it is now. If you think about the question as an ideal — Should we have an abortion free society? — how could you answer no?

I don’t mean that it should be outlawed, but a world where it were no longer necessary. It would mean that women only became pregnant if they wanted to; where there was no stigma or credit in being a single mother; where there was no rape or family sex abuse; where everyone took responsibility for their actions. And where every child is loved and wanted.

I think I could go along with that without compromising my liberal principles.

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3 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 13th January 2011

    Abortion free society? Of course abortions should be free. If they had been, perhaps Nick Clegg’s mother would have had one! I can dream can’t I? Actually no… Utopia is so far distant we will never get there. In the meantime, unlucky women who get “caught” need this safety net. After all human life isn’t really precious…. see Afghanistan, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, Aberfan, Gresford, Peterloo, Tucson, Bangla Desh, Biafra, Iraq, The Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, World War One, Hillsborough, Hiroshima, the M25 etc., etc. ad infinitum…

  • Mr Parrot 14th January 2011

    I agree with your last point. We have become very emotional about human life and want to blame someone, anyone when dies unexpectedly — witness the flu jab uproar. I’m not sure how you square that one — the government isn’t doing enough versus no to the nanny state.

  • ROG 18th January 2011

    Of course, there are other situations (gross abnormalities where the child will die before birth and/or create risk to the life of the mother). As Hillary Clinton once said, abortions should be safe, legal and rare.


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