Just a quick note on some sinister developments in the UK. Our erroneously named minister for ‘Women and Equality’ Maria Miller has joined the increasing number of Conservatives (read Nadine Dories etc) trying to roll back women’s freedom to access legal abortions in the UK. Miller is advocating making the upper limit on abortion 20weeks (down from 24) based on highly contested medical evidence that foetus survival rates warrant the roll back. Jeremy Hunt, our Health Secretary is advocating a 12 week limit!!
Just to clarify the issue, about 90% of abortions currently take place before 12 weeks anyway, those who are seeking later abortions are by and the large the most vulnerable women, in difficult if not impossible situations. Furthermore roughly 1 in 5 abortions is performed on a girl under 20, clearly challenging this image that the country is swamped by teen preggers who are being herded into Bpas waiting rooms. The women choosing abortions are doing so consciously, as able as the next person to understand the choice they are making, one no one else can make because it is so deeply personal. Its the 21st century and British women have already passed a verdict on this one- DON’T LEGISLATE MY VAGINA!
I have written to my local MP back home and I hope that if you are UK based you will be the same, we need to stamp out such backward rhetoric before it becomes a real threat, lets be loud and proud about our freedom to control our own biological destiny: I say it again, keep your morals out of my womb.
You speak often of a strong, homegrown tradition of British rights that needs protecting, a woman’s ability to decide what to do with her body has been a hard-fought battle by British women over the last century. British women have been clear in this and to roll back our rights on this issue cannot be accepted.
I would just like to add a link to a fantastic article by Yasmin Alibhai Brown in the independent about the broader issues of this recent flare up by anti-abortionists- check it out HERE
There is a fantastic blog post by Kelly Hills on Life as an Extreme Sport that gives a well informed, clear and brilliantly articulate point of view on CHOICE.