A total of 113 MPs from five political parties have demanded that Home Secretary Amber Rudd introduce ‘buffer zones’ outside abortion clinics to stop pregnant women being subjected to ‘misogynistic’ abuse.

As usual with such claims, there is not a shred of evidence, but what a strange way to mark the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act. As if 8.8million unborn lost lives are not enough, campaigners now demand complete decriminalisation, despite recent revelations about clinics’ dangerous and unsanitary practices, and flagrant disregard for proper counselling and informed consent.

Campaigners avoid discussing what abortion actually involves and now wish to ban depictions of it in case it deters women from having terminations. They argue that it is wrong to distress women seeking an abortion, but if the reality is so distressing, why do we allow it?

We abhor cruelty to animals and mourn the deaths of migrants and even trees, yet regarding the deliberate killings of unborn humans there is silence, or worse – the subject is treated like something unpleasant picked up on the sole of the shoe, to be scraped off and discarded at the earliest opportunity. But if we do not condemn ourselves, history will.



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Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).