Terminating Abortion

17 04 2007

When it comes to newspapers, I enjoy 360 degree reading – sometimes I’ll buy The Times, on other days The Guardian, or if I’m in particularly bleak mood, The Independent. My favourite of these, however, is The Times. The paper is no friend of Christianity, with many of their articles and editorials betraying an anti-faith mentality. Libby Purves is often at the spearhead of this movement. What a surprise today, then, to read her thought provoking article on abortion.

Purves is commenting on the growing trend among doctors to opt out of performing the termination of babies in the womb (my phrase not Purves’). Purves surveys the current analysis of why doctors are refusing to perform terminations (mostly citing shorter junior doctor hours, and the lack of social acceptance of abortionists) but ultimately ditches them in favour of moral factors. She states of modern physicians:

‘They know that the spirit of the 1967 Act is light years away from the 2007 practice: they know that without ever having debated or voted on it, we effectively have abortion on demand. And they know that this is the dodgy result of four decades of nods, winks, strident campaigning and secular consensus. And as the abortions increase and the stigma apparently fades, at the same time those emotive pictures from the womb get better and better…’

Her final analysis is compelling, if a little morally dubious around the edges:

‘We did this to ourselves with our worship of sexual impetuosity, our cowardly right on attitudes to anything involving women, and our dubious backdoor introduction of casual, lifestyle abortion. We did this to avoid one misery, and brought on another.’

How we ought to pray that more and more doctors will find their conscience on this issue. In the year when Wilberforce’s social courage underpinned by evangelical conviction is celebrated, shouldn’t we be praying and striving to give a voice to the voiceless of our own generation – the 190,000 unborn babies who are murdered every year.

Purves’ article can be read in its entirety here.

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