Written by Woman of Experience, this is probably the best and most sensible post on abortion that I have read.
Talking of which, Unity rips Nadine Dorries a new arsehole, for which I am delighted to award him the seventeenth Bloody Devil Award.
I’ve taken on and roundly picked apart the banal, uneducated and irrational maunderings of Nadine ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries on the subject of abortion on a couple of previous occasions, so I expect it will come as no great surprise to find that with the Commons’ Science and Technology Committee hearing evidence on medical developments relating to foetal development since the introduction of the Abortion Act 1967 and Dorries – for some inexplicable reason – safely ensconced on said committee and flapping her gums for all she’s worth, Dorries is about to get both barrels yet again.
In fact, reading her ‘commentaries’ on the proceedings of the Committee I think I can safely say that rarely, if ever, have encountered such a continuous stream of crude, vapid, abject, disingenuous, ill-conceived and intellectually dishonest bullshit as that emanating from the keyboard of Mad Nad over the last week. In fact I might even be inclined to accuse of her lying were it not quite so obvious that she is completely and utterly deluded in her opinions and arguments and deserving, therefore, of being permitted the small shreds of largesse (and, perhaps, pity) that come with encountering an individual so completely in the grip of self-deception as to be completely incapable of recognising a cogent and rational argument, even if one were to engrave such an argument into a baseball bat and use the bat to emboss it onto her forehead.
Oh, I'm sorry, I'm mistaken: Unity rips her two new arseholes.
Might you, she needs three arseholes 'cos she's that full of shit.
UPDATE: lest anyone should be interested in my own personal opinion on abortion, it is basically the same as Unity's as laid out in his post.
So far as such evidence is concerned, that I find most compelling is the clear evidence that the basic capacity for consciousness, sentience and self-awareness does not begin to function at even a rudimentary level until 26-28 weeks gestation.
My view of what I value as most human is bound up in the capacity for consciousness and sentience. Cogito Ergo Sum. And as such when it comes to minimising harm in a situation where some degree of harm is necessary then if one is to terminate the development of a foetus then at least do so before the capacity for conscious thought and sentience begins to develop.
I am, therefore, comfortable with the current 24 week upper limit, but for preference wish to see access to abortion before that point expedited - if a woman is to have an abortion, make it as early as possible, where the procedure itself is at its simplest, safest and least physically [and psychologically] traumatic.
That's the kernel of the argument as far as I am concerned.
* Note the all new Bloody Devil Award logo, a transparent PNG-24 file which will sit, without a square white background, on any colour.