Tuesday, March 09, 2010

A woman with an unwanted pregnancy may come to accept it

Supporters of legal abortion often speak of the cruelty of making a woman own up to her responsibility towards her unborn child and call it forced pregnancy.

As if it in no way involved responsibility towards another human being. Since when is enforcing responsibility a form of oppression? (When it doesn't benefit feminists, that's when! But I digress...)

Real Choice underscores how many women come to accept an unintended and unwanted pregnancy. Christina Dunigan quotes Dr. Alec Bourne, the British doctor who was acquitted for aborting a 14-year-old rape victim in 1935. (That case was monumental in the history of abortion in Canada, because it provided the legal defense for abortion, even if it was not decriminalized. Abortions were not uncommon in the 1960's in Canada.)

"Those who plead for an extensive relaxation of the law [against abortion] have no idea of the very many cases where a woman who, during the first three months, makes a most impassioned appeal for her pregnancy to be 'finished,' later, when the baby is born, is thankful indeed that it was not killed while still an embryo. During my long years in practice I have had many a letter of the deepest gratitude for refusing to accede to an early appeal."