The Revd Joanna Jepson, Assistant Curate of St Michaelís, Chester, is taking the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Paul West, to court because he did not prosecute when doctors performed an abortion after 24 weeks on a foetus with a cleft palate. In law, an abortion may be carried out after this period only if there is a risk of a severe disability.
- Here's an example of the effects of such a disability - the Rev. Joanna Jepson herself "who had corrective surgery for a jaw disfigurement in her late teens".
- Is that sort of disfigurement really worth killing a baby to prevent?
The old hairy Liberal in me is still wishy-washy on abortion in "real need" cases but this is a horrific example which needs to be prosecuted to push back the boundaries of what is acceptable.