Abortion debate: Some Tories just can’t keep their mouths shut

In the 1966 movie Alfie, the main character (Michael Caine) impregnates another man’s wife (played by Vivien Merchant) and has to take her to a backstreet abortionist. Do Maria Miller, Jeremy Hunt and now Theresa May want a return to this extremely dangerous practice?

This won’t be a popular post. It seems you don’t want to read about abortion from the figures on my ‘Killer’ Miller piece.

But I don’t write this blog because I want to be popular; I say some things because they are to be said, and this is one of those pieces. Cutting the time limit on abortions will continue to be ignorant lunacy, no matter how many Cabinet ministers support it.

From that, you can guess my opinion of the Cabinet ministers involved, who are Maria Miller, Jeremy Hunt, and now Theresa May.

The Home Secretary said she thought there was scope for a 20-week limit (the current limit is 24 weeks, remember). The Health Secretary had already gone further, saying he supported halving the limit to just 12 weeks.

This is a man who admits that doctors have operated on his head. Presumably they removed all his intelligence.

Thank goodness they were only expressing personal views, no matter what may be said by those who support the suggestion – oh, what am I saying? The Conservatives are desperate for a popular policy. They’re probably writing it into their Conference speeches right now.

I am glad to see that my own concerns about this were absolutely correct. In a comment on Today, Professor Wendy Savage, a gynaecologist and campaigner on women’s rights, pointed out: “The number of abortions that take place over 20 weeks is very small. Of those a considerable proportion are of foetuses which have got a congenital abnormality.

“I think the majority of the population think that if somebody has got a foetus that, if born, will have a severe disability, they should have the right to choose whether or not to continue with that pregnancy.”

If you’re still undecided on the issue (all 12 or 13 of you who are reading this), try reading Laurie Pennie’s ’24 Reasons for 24 Weeks’, a blog she wrote back in 2008, before the Tory MP Nadine Dorries (remember her?) was defeated in her own attempt to cut the time limit.

Of particular interest should be number 3: “Research shows that lowering the time limit does nothing to lower the number of abortions taking place.” But if they can’t get a legal abortion, where do they go?

Back to the backstreets, everyone?

5 thoughts on “Abortion debate: Some Tories just can’t keep their mouths shut

    1. Mike Sivier

      I wasn’t going to mention coathangers in the article, but now you come to mention it…
      I want to know what Michael Caine thinks of all this. He supported the Conservatives back in 2010 but he was also in Alfie, a film which made a very powerful statement about backstreet abortions, all the way back in 1966.

      1. Smiling Carcass

        “My understanding of women only goes as far as the pleasure. When it comes to the pain I’m like any other bloke – I don’t want to know. ”

        “I’ve told you before to be careful where you put your legs. “

  1. Joanna Terry

    What really, really gets to me are the screams from the rabid right about people on benefits that have children and the comments about not having them if you can’t afford it. Never mind about the arguments about change of circumstances, which never reaches their brains but the dissonance of this contrary argument. Always you can see the nonsense and stupidity of those that deem themselves the rightful rulers of us “plebs”, my own anger about this is beyond being polite except to say I sincerely hope that they sink into the sewer never to be seen again.

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