This blog-post is more a matter of record and trying to explain my views on a subject, in case I need to refer people back to it, than simply a topic for discussion. I have a straightforward view on abortion. That is – a woman should be allowed control over her body to exercise an abortion if she wants. It is her choice.
Now, most people in this country are roughly pro-choice like I am, but they still prefer some sort of a limit on the rights of the woman versus the unborn child. I have a clear dividing line: the rights of the woman trump those of the unborn foetus every time. Once its born then it is a human being, but before that the law should make no attempt to rule over what she should or shouldn’t do. That is roughly my position. And to add, if the man who helped conceive it wants to keep the child but she doesn’t – tough luck, it’s her body.
I’m saying this partly because I wrote an article yesterday for CIF on the upcoming Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, and some commenters below it accused me of poor writing because it was more a call to arms (about the bill) than a rational look at when an abortion is right or not.
I’m not really interested at what precise point abortion is right or wrong because it has always been and will always remain an emotional issue with no real ‘rational’ basis on which it can be debated.
The debate is fundamentally about the law trying to rule over women’s bodies and frankly, given that society has been trying to do that for centuries, I think it should avoid that as much as possible. Hence my position. On a topic like abortion, liberals like myself have a perfect right to put forward an emotional argument, make a point, and then call for people to get organised (more on that soon).
Why the hell are left-liberals always obsessed about approaching everything clamly and rationally, as if emotional campaigning should be avoided at all costs? Right-wingers have been doing it for decades quite successfully, especially in the US, and there’s no reason why left-wingers shouldn’t get passionate too, and fight on that basis for their rights.
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