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Criminalised abortion in UK obstructs reflective choice and best care

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2928 (Published 09 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2928

Re: Criminalised abortion in UK obstructs reflective choice and best care

Abortion will never be "standard medical practice" for the reason that it crosses an untouchable and inviolable human rights, moral and natural justice line. Before discussing a woman's rights, a man's rights, reflective choice, best care, you ask "What are we talking about?" Is it a form of treatment, or a surgical procedure, or a life sustain intervention, and does it impact on anyone else? Abortion is none of these things except that it seriously impacts on the lives of the baby the mother and the father. It ends an incipient human life. It contravenes the most basic of all human rights upon which every other right depends. It denies a person a right to life. Nothing else is conscionable after that, because the branch humanity sits on has been severed. If incipient human life is not valued and protected, all human life is demeaned and under threat. The literature shows this correlation between abortion-homicide-suicide.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 July 2018
Eugene G Breen
Consultant Psychiatrist, Associate Clinical Professor University COllege Dublin
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin