Monday, February 06, 2012

Students... University College London are being told they can't hold a pro-life meeting. And the plans for banning them from doing so are utterly unjust as well as ludicrous. There's a good analysis of the situation here.

The point that we need to make repeatedly is that no one has any right to abortion: I don't just mean morally, which is obviously the case - I mean, even under the present law. Abortion is available effectively on-demand in Britain, but the law doesn't state that it is a right: there are various (ineffective, but nevertheless existing) restrictions on it. The law doesn't say that you have a "right to choose" to kill a baby. So students are in no way trampling on anyone's "rights" when they affirm how evil abortion is, and call for an end to it. We should assume that one day abortion will be banned in Britain: a civilised country protects its unborn babies and that is what our country should do.


Patricius said...

The following was in the article you have linked to:
"But in reality, Catholics on campus have nothing to fear. The motion contains no definition of "pro-choice"; if it means simply someone who accepts that abortion should be legal, most Catholics -- including the bishops of England and Wales, who advocate incremental restrictions, but not yet a total ban -- would fit that description."

I am astounded at this! Surely NO Catholic can accept abortion as a legal right? Surely no Catholic bishop would agree with that? Please tell me this isn't true!

Joanna Bogle said...

Of course no Catholic can accept abortion as a legal right. No one has a right to kill a baby.

The article is a good analysis of the whole situation at UCL. It ends by noting that the attempt to ban the pro-life groups from promoting their cause is flawed, because it fails to define what is meant by "pro choice".

Abortion ought to be illegal in our country and one day it will be. Until then, the fact that it is legal doesn't mean that anyone has a "right" to do it: on the contrary, it is,in theory, hedged around with various restrictions (you are meant to have specific medical or other reasons for aborting the baby, and it is not allowed once the baby is a certain number of weeks old, etc) . Increasing these restrictions incrementally is one way of ensuring that aborting a baby isn't seen as a "right" by anyone.

You need to look at the law: abortion is, alas, effectively available on demand in Britain but legally this is not the case because of the various restrictions on it. So the idea that the only discussion on the subject allowed at UCL is one which insists that any restriction of any kind - including the ones we have at present - are unacceptable, is a very confused idea.

Read the whole thing, and don't take this one paragraph out of context.