Sunday, October 21, 2007

The issue of abortion in Britain has recieved heavy scrutinization as the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act approaches. In a message coming from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the issue of abortion is framed as one that has become regarded with too high a level of normalicy. It seems that in writing the Abortion Act, its supporters operated under the idea that abortion was morally wrong and should only be carried out in situations of extreme desperation. The Archbishops' fears are that abortion is becoming seen as a viable option too often. Due to the close proximity of the anniversary of the act, anti abortion groups are preparing for both protest and video distribution of footage of an abortion procedure. Although controversy about this issue is and will continue to be rampant, I think its interesting to note the level of involvement the church proposes to have in the individual's decision to abort. The Act that enables women to legally get an abortion meets approval, but in addition to the guidlines of the law, it almost seems the ideal wish of the church/Parliament is to be able to grant permission to have an abortion procedure on a case by case basis, examining individual circumstances.

1 comment:

Liz said...

Case by case basis? Do they think that women get abortions for fun? I take issue with individual evaluations, because how can you know what someone is going through until you walk a mile in their shoes. I also take issue with rich white men telling women what they can or can not do with their bodies.