Sorry this is a bit late as the media debate has moved on, but I was considering my response before I posted it. David Cameron recently caused some controversy by saying that he agreed with claims that the abortion limit should be reduced from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. He does so in defiance of BMA recommendations. I am glad he has. There has been and will continue to be a rise in the survival rates of foetuses born at 24 weeks and although it is a very small amount, that is enough for a change.
I however would like to see further reforms of abortion law. Around 97% of women justify their abortion by saying they are not mentally or physically able to cope with a child, with the majority citing mental health reasons. This needs to be addressed with narrower or more specific reasons needed before being given access to abortion. Obviously in the case of rape or incest this increased stringency does not apply.
According to the independent, citing information it gained through the freedom of information act more than 100 girls under the age of 18 are on their second abortion. This is a gross statistic. It shows a complete lack of knowledge about sex management and family planning, but it also shows a system that is being abused and life is being destroyed at levels which are just unacceptable. A further reform needed regarding those girls under 16 is that an adult should be informed before any abortion is undertaken, that adult should be a relative but not necessarily a parent. This is essential as the decision being made is so huge that someone under 16 should not be left to deal with it alone.
Women have the right to choose what happens to their bodies, that choice lies not in abortion but in using contraception well, choosing to perhaps have less sex. Men are not without a huge responsibility too, they need to be actively choosing to use contraception and both parties should understand that if you have sex you risk creating another life.
A tightening in the categories that allow women to have abortions would help reduce this increasing culture of contraceptive abortion. Do not forget that life in this world is precious, that does need to be balanced with women’s rights, but with those rights come sexual responsibility. Accidents happen the throws of passion can consume one, there is a place for abortion in our society but at the moment its usage is far too high and a small but increasing minority are abusing it.
I am pro life and pro choice, women have the choice before they get pregnant once they are, they need to have a very good reason to not have the baby.