Thursday 19 April 2018

Abortion is not a humane response to fatal foetal abnormality

It has been argued that intervention to end pregnancy should be permitted as a humane response to fatal foetal abnormality.

A humane response is certainly right in such cases: there should be understanding, compassion and support for those who face the ordeal of a pregnancy that will fail. But the proposal to abort is not what it might seem to be.

Abortion is not just about ending a pregnancy. It ends the foetal life that is both the essence and the purpose of the pregnancy. A foetal life is a human life, irrespective of its location or stage of development. We know this not because someone has said it, but because our knowledge of embryology has grown to a point where we can understand how and when an individual human life begins.

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