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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Home Abortions

This sounds like a step forward to me - news of a successful pilot scheme that may result in women less than 9 weeks pregnant being able to have a chemically-induced abortion at home, rather than have to be admitted to hospital for the treatment.

The bit that concerns me is this:
"it is also likely to provoke controversy from anti-abortion
campaigners who will claim that home abortions would make the procedure easier and therefore lead to more women having terminations"

I realise that this is journalistic speculation ("likely to provoke", "will claim" etc.) about something that hasn't happened yet, but that doesn't stop me having my twopennyworth...

Surely the point about how "easy" the procedure is can be kept separate from the pro-life / pro-choice debate.

I'd be amazed if consideration of the venue entered into such a life-changing choice. Imagine it:

"Well I'd really like to abort this foetus, but I can't be arsed to go into hospital for the procedure, so I think I'll commit to the full pregnancy, the labour, the birth, and eighteen years of child-rearing instead. That'll be the easy way out..."

The outcry from the anti-abortionists, if it ever comes, would therefore have nothing to do with influencing the pregnant woman's choice, and thereby "protecting the unborn child". It would simply be about making it more difficult for her - in other words, punishing her for making the choice they didn't want her to make.

posted by Plig | 14:51 |

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