Christian fundamentalists and pro-lifers have celebrated the anniversary of the legalisation of abortion by calling for a reduction in the time limit on abortion from 24 weeks to 20 weeks citing medical advances as a reason for the change.
Anyone know what medical advances these are?
Pregnant women have a detailed scan at 20 weeks where the foetus is checked for abnormalities. If nothing was suspected prior to the 20 week scan then a detailed scan wouldn’t be done any earlier.
So, assuming the limit was dropped to 20 weeks and a serious problem is found then is the mother to be expected to make a decision there and then whether to keep it? With the best will in the world, not everyone can cope with a child with serious medical problems. We have four children and if Mrs Sane was to get pregnant again and it had severe medical problems, we wouldn’t be able to look after our family properly.
I don’t think there is a case for reducing or increasing the limit for abortion. Increase it and you start getting into the whole ethical issue over when a foetus becomes a person and it’s “wrong” to abort it. Reduce it and you end up with children being brought up by parents who don’t want them or with serious medical problems – in both cases they would have poor quality of life.
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