lördag 2 juni 2007

Abortion debate


The front page of yesterday's Independent carried an article attacking Cardinal O'Brien for his anti-abortion stance, following a homily in Edinburgh on 31 May. The article is titled ironically "The man who wants to lead a sensible debate on abortion" The Cardinal had likened abortion to the killing of a classroom of children every day.

Elsewhere in the Independent, the Cardinal's comments were held up as a warning showing how the Religious Right was on the march against progressive forces.

What I find strange is why the rights movement has latched onto abortion as a progressive issue. The whole notion of easy abortion seems to me a denial of human rights, not only those of the unborn child but also those of the mother-to-be. One would have expected upholders of human rights to be applauding the Cardinal. It's a funny old world.

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