Abortion. Government's Proposals.
5 August, 2019
With the abortion issue being raised again today, are we mature enough to have an informed and factual analysis on it?
Our current government is looking at changing the abortion legislation to make it abortion on demand for the first 20 weeks and then a test after that, but this ignores the question of when life starts, and that there is more than one person involved in an abortion.
If we are a caring community that is concerned with individual human rights, then it is imperative that we first recognise when that life starts. Is it at conception and thereafter it is just development? Or is it when the heart starts beating? Or maybe when the first breath is taken?
We have seen the absolutely heartbreaking cases of toddlers left in cars, and that children need the love and care of their parents for a long time after birth, so it is not really about the ability to survive unaided.
We know from genetics that every life is unique, and that there will only ever be that individual once, that combination of egg and sperm will never be repeated. Any decision to terminate must be on the understanding that for the mother this may be inconvenient, it may even be a very difficult time, but for this unique and precious new life it is terminal.
As a nation we do need to be ready to be honest about the value of life, and recognise that there is always more than one individual affected by a decision for abortion.
We must also be honest about how much we are doing to make sure that the best options are available to support mothers, so women do not find themselves in despair when they discover they are pregnant.
Society’s wellbeing should be measured on how well we protect and support our most vulnerable. Changes that will make abortion less considered and a simpler process should not be made when there is so much that could be done to protect women and the unborn child.
So many things could be done better to prevent unwanted pregnancy, to give women every option to be able to have children and not be disadvantaged in their education or employment, to keep women safe from abuse, to ensure there will never be a situation where women can be coerced or forced into abortions, and to provide better support and postnatal care.
This is a complex issue that cannot ignore the trauma to women who have had abortions, and the cost to society that continues to devalue life.
Emotively speaking the only difference between a foetus and a baby is love.
Leighton Baker, New Conservative Leader