Views & Reviews Nothing’s Sacred

The mortal coil

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7551 (Published 09 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7551
  1. Colin Brewer, research director, Stapleford Centre, London
  1. brewerismo{at}gmail.com

Forgive me for criticising religious activism again, but almost all prominent antiabortionists rely on essentially religious arguments. The latest rumblings from UK and US antiabortionists made me revive a counterargument I contributed long ago to the BMJ, which is so unanswerable that nearly all of them still evade it.1 (Late abortion involves additional considerations, not discussed here.)

Humanity, for antiabortionists, begins at fertilisation. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) work in several ways, which definitely include embryocidal actions before and after implantation.2 3 To antiabortionists, …

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