March 21, 2005


When nature says no (Mary Kenny, 3/21/05, Times of London)

I HAVE done many interviews about abortion, but one that stays with me most vividly was a conversation with the late Professor Peter Huntingford, an ardent pro-choice campaigner and distinguished obstetrician and gynaecologist.

He said that he passionately believed in a woman’s right to choose, and yet — “there comes a time when it is just too late to terminate a pregnancy”. He then added, with a rather tormented expression: “I know that we can do abortions too late, because I’ve done them too late.”

Once you get past the 20-week gestation point, the operation becomes increasingly distressing because it is so obvious that you are destroying a very small human being. And yet, he had had pregnant women in his surgery who reacted furiously when he said that it was too late — for him — to terminate. Women said it was “illogical” that they could have had an abortion a week previously, at 23 weeks, but not now, at 24 weeks. “Yes, it is illogical,” he conceded. “But that’s the way it is.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2005 12:00 AM

24 weeks?!

Technology means the dirty little secret is out. It's no longer the province of murderer/abortionists to keep it from the rest of us.

Check out this image of a fetus at ten weeks:

Pretty amazing little clump of cells, eh?

Posted by: kevin whited at March 21, 2005 9:35 AM

Kevin: And by 10 weeks it has a heartbeat, and by 13 weeks brain waves, meaning it would be considered legally alive if it were only outside the womb.

Posted by: jd watson at March 21, 2005 12:30 PM

It is illogical to wait until the 24th week to decide that you don't want to give birth to a child. Whatever happened to family PLANNING?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at March 21, 2005 5:19 PM


Why worry about it if they aren't human?

Posted by: oj at March 21, 2005 5:23 PM

It's still a surgical procedure with the attendant risk. Even someone purely selfish should care about that.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 21, 2005 10:19 PM