Destruction [. . .] at will
“When I was first involved in the birth-control movement in the early 1970s, and contraceptive measures were introduced by the [British] National Health Service, we were appalled by the approach to the issue behind the Iron Curtain.
“There, abortion on demand was the approved method of contraception. Although we were prepared to accept that an occasional abortion had fewer physical or emotional consequences for the mother than did a full-term pregnancy, any abortion [. . .] carried with it the risk of infection and subsequent infertility.
“Our anxiety was that repeated abortions would result in an unacceptable chance that the woman would become infertile as the result of pelvic inflammatory disease. Probably the greater worry was that repeated abortions trivialized the importance of pregnancy by legitimizing the destruction of fetuses at will. [. . .]
“Nothing I have seen in medicine for the past 30 years has altered my opinion.”
— Dr. Thomas Stuttaford, writing on “The importance of pregnancy is trivialized by repeated abortions,” Nov. 28 in the Times of London