From Peter Hitchens’s column in today’s Mail on Sunday:
It’s now clear. The law says that if a woman wants to kill her baby because that baby is a girl rather than a boy, that is legal.
Now, I can think of almost nothing more bigoted than killing a baby simply because it is female.
Anyone who genuinely thinks that women are as valuable as men (as I do) must be revolted by such an action. That’s even if they think that abortion is fine (as I do not).
From which I conclude, by their weeks of silence on this issue, that the great majority of our feminist sisterhood are lying frauds, motivated not by real feminism but by opportunist, careerist greed.
They will shout for special treatment in employment, education and boardrooms – but they won’t say a word to save an innocent baby, torn to bits in the womb for being the wrong sex.
We need to ask ourselves why feminists have been silent on this issue. It’s surely because if they campaigned for an end to sex-selective abortion, they’d be admitting what they surely believe – that female foetuses have a higher value than male foetuses. And if foetuses have value, shouldn’t they also enjoy rights? A woman’s right to ‘choose’ to kill her foetus – regardless of the wishes of the father of the foetus – must always trump other considerations.
It’s been argued that 97% of the elective abortions carried out in the UK are illegal, namely those carried out on the grounds of reducing the risk of injury to women’s mental health, because there’s no evidence to show abortion reduces that risk. Indeed, evidence shows it increases the likelihood of injury to both physical and mental health. In the 46 years since the Abortion Act (1967) around 8 MILLION elective abortions have taken place. That’s more than the combined present-day populations of Scotland and Wales, or London.
Our proposal with respect to abortion law reform, along with some background information on the subject, may be found on pages 16, 17 of our public consultation document: