Abortion decriminalised in Northern IrelandBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6330 (Published 04 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6330
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The abortion juggernaut drives on with or without the will of the people. In the case of Northern Ireland it was foisted on them by Westminster during a prolonged sede vacante in Stormont. Abortion can never be an amoral health issue like appendectomy or tooth extraction, because as everyone knows it involves the most enduring human right which can never disappear because it is innate and written in human nature - the right of every innocent human to live regardless of degrees of maturity or disability. What is good for the adult is good for the child and the foetus. The victim is the dependent child in the womb and natural law defends its integrity as do most religions and people who fear God.
We haven't "moved on" from the dark ages and become more enlightened, because what is objectively immoral and a crime cannot be changed by times or places or circumstances as any philosopher or ethicist or person can understand. Once a leopard always a leopard. What is a child or a foetus or an adult or demented old person - always was and will be a human being. Everyone is dependent - the child in the womb, the dialysis patient on the kidney machine, the asthmatic on inhalers and the elderly on nursing home support. An embryo of 3 days demands respect because it is human and with appropriate support for 9 months only it will be a boy or a girl. Nine months is not that long in the medical world of life support. People are not fooled by superficial nomenclature like "not criminals anymore but patients" just because someone said its OK to abort. People understand that no one can say what is wrong is right. To take innocent life is always wrong for a human and always will be and that's why people will suffer and feel deep sadness when it occurs. Do people grieve and experience turmoil after a tooth extraction or appendectomy?
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