Abortion act of 1967 was only meant to help women with health issues
I’M often extremely concerned when members of parliament, of necessity or otherwise, involve themselves with issues that are not only of a political nature but rather more ethical or indeed theological and in so doing show a total disregard for religious representation, simply ploughing on in a sort of mind set that is totally secular.
Most surely it is a position exemplified more recently by Labour MP Stella Creasy in being instrumental in the British government allowing women from Northern Ireland access to NHS funded abortions, including that of travel. I wonder just how many persons in this “so called” democracy are happy about their taxes being spent in this way or indeed for abortions more generally.
Lest anyone should consider the matter in light hearted vein, or indeed a matter of popularising for the acquisition of votes, then surely they need reminding of how divisive an issue is that of procured abortion in American politics since its practise has gone so far as to lead to, in extreme cases, the burning of clinics and the shooting of abortionist doctors.
When the abortion act was passed in 1967 there is no way it could ever be envisaged that several thousand would eventually take place every year, for initially it was thought that it would save women the dangers to health associated with back street abortions. Now of course it’s offered to all and sundry on demand, despite supposedly strict legislation.
It has undoubtedly encouraged irresponsible sex; the argu- ment therefore regarding the protection of the woman’s health having receded into the background.
And though a deeply personal and fervently held religious point of view, I believe the argument based on women’s rights diminishes the dignity of the women.
Politicians who take matters of this nature lightly in pursuit of the popularist vote are not generally persons who lead a life governed by prayer as has been depicted in the lives of some who have had to make decisions regarding profound ethical issues though I must admit I greatly admire the stance of Jacob Rees-Mogg in this respect, so sadly rueing the fact that he’s not a Labour politician. David Abbott Stoke Golding