Defend 24 weeks

May 7, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Feminisms | 1 Comment
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Whilst there’s still not an awful lot of evidence to prove that a foetus can exist outside the womb after 20 weeks, Nadine Dorries and her merry band of restrictionists are happy to take a few astonishing cases and construct a law around them. Dorries is proposing an amendment to the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Bill (yeah, I thought that’d finally disappeared, too) which would slash the legal time limit on abortions from 24 to 20 weeks.

Now, I can’t make an argument about abortion law without sounding like an utter dilettante. I can, however, provide links to people who do know what they’re talking about – like Unity, Laurie Penny and the cast of The F-Word – and I can link to this new-fangled Coalition for Choice website, which gives more information and instructions on how to take action.

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  1. As a woman who’s been preganant, I’m just amazed as to how anyone could be so stupid / ignorant that they would need to be 6 months pregnant before they decide to have an abortion?
    Fair enough if there are medical problems, but even so, these would get picked up at the 12 week scan, or if not, the 20-week scan. There’s no excuse for this kind of cruelty as the feotus CAN feel pain at this late stage.
    If you don’t want a baby – use contraception – it’s not rocket science. Or get the baby adopted – oh sorry, that probably interferes with your busy schedule doesn’t it?


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