Jackie Ashley in today’s Guardian portrays the argument on abortion as being one between progressive liberalism and the forces of religious zealotry. What irks me as much as the dogmatic short-sightedness of the latter is the smug arrogance of the former. In a private conversation three years ago with arch pro-choice MP Dr Evan Harris, he told me: “I expect you would deny IVF treatment to a woman who had terminal cancer?” Well, duh. It was only afterwards that I realised he was being critical!
I’m a Christian, so I suppose I’m vulnerable to the accusation that I’m allowing religious dogma to dictate how I vote tomorrow. That’s not the case. I’m trying to make an objective judgment based on science and, yes, morality. Why is it that if someone feels the number of abortions that take place in this country is too high, he or she is accused of being a mysoginist?