Saturday 10 December 2016

Perennial abortion debate driven by scientific advances

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

The modern scan is the definitive characteristic of contemporary pregnancy
The modern scan is the definitive characteristic of contemporary pregnancy

In the ongoing abortion debate it is suggested that there are liberal progressives on one side and traditional conservatives on the other, yet both sides are the product of modern ideas and scientific developments.

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The pro-choice lobby affirms a woman's autonomy, her "right to choose" - so a woman should never be forced into motherhood.

This is a new idea; in the past, pregnancy was seen as the natural consequence of sexual intercourse and women (and to a lesser extent men) accepted the risk along with the pleasure.

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