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Melanie Phillips on the Abortion Battle in the UK

John on October 29, 2007 at 1:12 am

I really enjoy Ms. Phillips. She says everything so well:

Although abortion was legalised to prevent the evils of backstreet butchery, it was supposed to prevent a greater harm being done by the baby’s birth.

Yet it is now being used instead as a form of contraception and to destroy unborn babies simply because they are unwanted.

A once-humanitarian objective has mutated into a callous disregard for human life, which has degraded and coarsened our entire society – so much so that Lord Steel himself, the architect of the Abortion Act, now says there are too many abortions and he never anticipated “anything like” the current number.

Yet MPs refuse to accept any of this. The Health Minister Dawn Primarolo says she has seen no evidence to support a lowering of the upper age limit.

Like the Commons Science and Technology Committee considering the matter, she believes that only 10-15 per cent of babies survive at 23 weeks’ gestation.

Some campaigners believe actual survival rates are much higher. But so what if the figure is only 10-15 per cent?

Doesn’t it trouble Ms Primarolo that those babies were killed when they could have lived – thus negating the founding principle of the law?

What sort of horrible numbers game is this, that negates the value of babies’ lives because there aren’t enough of them to matter?

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