Your humble correspondent is a shy retiring soul and certainly not brave enough to start an abortion debate. In the UK we don't have one, apart from a few nutty Catholics none raises their head over the parapet to suggest that a "woman's right to choose right up to viability" isn't sacrosanct. So when yesterday the BBC published some beautiful photos of young fetuses doing baby like things (just go and see them) I wondered if it would start a debate up.
I noticed the Daily Mail has taken it up and so has the midday talk show on Radio 2. I dipped into the Radio link to get the photo link above and came across the BBC - Radio 2 - Message Boards
And you couldn't make it up - the discussion straight away is diverted into how evil the Yanks and non-Greens are rather than any querying of the actual practice of abortion;
"Which is where the Americans come in with their foreign policy of "retroactive birth control" to reduce the population and make sure there are plenty of resources available for themselves"
..The US is one of the biggest consumors of natural resources in the world, and we're not far behind. We and they also have some of the lowest birth rates. Compare numerous third-world countries where the average person consumes less than 1 % of the energy used by you or I in a lifetime. ...
Well there would be fewer consumers, for a start. We need to get a grip on wasteful packaging and recycling - nobody in government seems to care or be making any push to get us to think about the impact we're having.
The only bit I heard on the radio was a suggestion that the publication of these photos was unhelpful and hurtful to all the women who had had abortions, and that it was only men who didn't get left holding the baby who were against a woman's "right" to choose...
What is about these people who care more about Iraqi prisoners than they do about a holocaust of unborn babies in the UK -
"In 1968 there was a total of 23,641 abortions performed in England and Wales. By 1978 this had increased to 141,558 and in 1988 to 183,798. A peak of 187,402 abortions was reached in 1998. In 2000, the most recent year for available figures, the number of abortions was 185,375. Over 5 million abortions have been performed in England and Wales in the thirty or so years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed."