IN MY second outing on the Mark Steyn Show on GB News on Friday, the topic up for discussion was the execrable ‘wrongful conception’ case that the showjumper with spina bifida won against her mother’s GP.
Evie Toombs successfully claimed that the GP had failed to advise her mother to take folic acid supplements before conception to minimise the risk of her baby being affected by spina bifida.
In his brilliant introductory monologue, Mark makes his opinion pretty clear about the negative connotations for that once most fundamental of Western values, the sanctity of life. He did take me somewhat by surprise when he introduced me as someone personally equipped to speak about this. However I hope my own story did lead on to a valuable, broad-ranging discussion on the cultural background to the case and its implications, looking back to the origins of the culture of complaint in the 1980s through to today’s infantilised, risk averse, safetyist, compliance conscious society ‘of the now’ that we have become.
Hope you enjoy it.