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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Baby Killers

If ONLY the topic of abortion didn’t get people (primarily of the religious persuasion) so alarmingly heated up: then we would be able to, as a society, have a proper sensible conversation about the subject without the threat of burning in hell or somewhere similar being made.

The fact of the matter is – and, along with many other thousands of people, I’ve said this several times before – nobody enters into abortion lightly; not the women that consider it, the women that have it, the doctors and nurses that perform it…NOBODY.
Rather, the reason why legal abortion exists and should continue to exist is because people will HAVE abortions, and accepting that fact as an unavoidable reality is simply sensible. People need to have abortions in order to live satisfying and fulfilling lives, and so as a society, we have an obligation to provide an abortion service that is safe, legal and non-discriminatory, whether we like what they’re doing or not.

The BMA is not a hysterical organisation prone to emotionally-triggered outbursts, therefore when they say that access to abortion should be made easier for women, I am inclined to listen to them. If women are having to go through surgical termination procedures instead of medical terminations (the latter of which is considerably less invasive and potentially damaging to the patient’s health) purely because of failures in the system, then the system should be changed, no?
And if it COSTS less and is less of a drain on the NHS to boot, everyone should at least consider this as an option and a potentially positive step to make.


Right, so what’s the betting that tomorrow’s Daily Mail (or as I increasingly think of it, ‘Misogyny Today’) includes a screamingly hysterical piece about the BMA being baby killers?

'The British Medical Association conference is to consider a call for quicker and easier access to abortion.
One proposal at the Torquay conference is a call to scrap the need for two doctors to allow an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy.
Doctors will also consider proposals for non-approved premises, such as GP practices, to carry out abortions.
The ideas have angered anti-abortion groups, but the government said there are no plans to change the law.
BMA leaders said it was important to discuss the issue because many women are facing long waits for abortions.
Abortions before the nine-week mark can be done using drugs, rather than surgically.
But with waits of up to seven weeks in certain areas, some women are denied this option.
Dr Tony Calland, chairman of the BMA's medical ethics committee, said medical abortions of this kind represented such a low risk that carrying on with the pregnancy was actually more dangerous.
He said this raised questions about the need for women to prove - as they must currently do - that carrying on with the pregnancy represented a risk to health in order to be granted an abortion.
The two-doctor rule could be interpreted as outdated, he also claimed - as people have more control over their treatment than they did when the Abortion Act was passed 40 years ago.
"Women can now refuse to have a caesarean, even when that may be safer for the foetus, so it raises questions over the abortion requirements," said Dr Calland.'

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