Monday, February 25, 2008

Abortion: is it time to change the law?

Whether the time limit on abortion should or should not be lowered is an important topic - far too important for it to ever become a party political issue. This is why Michael Howard's decision to introduce the issue into the 2005 election campaign was so disappointing and why I am hoping that David Cameron's announcement today is not an attempt to gain favour with the anti-abortion lobby.

I personally would welcome a reduction (either to 22 weeks or possibly even 20 weeks). My reasons are based on the fact that more babies born as early as 22 weeks are surviving with the right care. Experts from the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) found that while in 1983 just 32% of babies born at between 22 and 25 weeks survived, by 2000 their chances had improved to 71%.

What do others think?

1 comment:

Red Maria said...

The abortion limit should be reduced to 12 weeks to bring us into line with other European countries and to reduce the number of abortions, which have shown a steady year on year increase for years.
Abortions are inherently undesirable; everyone bar a tiny band of fanatics agrees that an increase in abortions is a bad thing. In order for the number of abortions to be brought down difficult nettles have to be grasped. All the evidence shows that the easier it is to access abortions, the more prevalent they are. Therefore, in tandem with a time limit reduction, there should be a revision of the grounds for abortion, in particular grounds C and D of the Abortion Act which have left it open to the abuse of abortion on demand.
The discriminatory provision for disabled unborn children to be aborted up to birth should also be abolished as a matter of urgency. Whatever the abortion time limit is, it should be the same for disabled foetuses as it is for the abled. Anything else is out of step with efforts to increase equality for the disabled.
As part of an overall social policy package there should also be an official ten year abortion reduction strategy, with reduction targets set at regular intervals.