I'm always keen to show my reactionary side. So here I go again. This time its factual rather than opinion - but the inference will be clear.
During the 200th anniversary discussions on the abolition of slavery which have continued throughout the last year, many commentators have reflected on what our descendants in another 200 years will look back on, as today's deeply immoral practises. Which brings me to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee about abortion last week.
This Committee (which did not take into account ethical considerations) want abortion to be made easier. It seems that the 200,000 abortions that take place annually at present is not enough. And they do not think that the legal age limit where a foetus can be aborted should be reduced below 24 weeks. It was comments on this issue by Professor Stuart Campell, the pioneer of images of babies in the womb that caught my ear. According to the Telegraph, Professor Campbell explained in some detail on the Today programme that a late abortion (over 20 weeks I assume) takes place by inducing the birth of the foetus. If it has not already been killed by an injection to the heart (not always the case) then it is allowed to die. To me this seems rather like murder, by another name. It may be that it will not take 200 years before this deeply shocking practice is judged as repugnant.