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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Bodily autonomy is not sacrosanct. We penalise people who drink and drive


In response to, “Kathy Gyngell: Abortion lobby resorts to world class spin. Talk of prosecuting alcoholic mums-to-be is nonsense”, Mrs D Bliss wrote:

“We should take very seriously any legal development that calls into question pregnant women’s bodily autonomy… (They) deserve support and respect, not the prospect of criminal sanction for behaviour which would not be illegal for anyone else.”  (Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service)


I note that this is a civil case and the whole issue is fabricated by abortion activists, however we do have criminal sanction for those whose bodily autonomy in the use of alcohol threatens the physical safety of others don’t we? If someone drinks and then drives we have criminal sanctions precisely for this reason?

What about our laws banning smoking from communal places?

It is surely evident then that even if they are challenging potential criminal laws in this, which again I acknowledge it is not their true intention, their assertion is false.

Drinking alcohol is legal for all those who are over 18, but not for those intending to drive a car. There are restrictions on bodily autonomy then due to the physical nature of the person, in this case their age and their condition when  driving.

Why shouldn’t then the law apply restrictions when it comes to mothers drinking heavily while pregnant?

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