For obvious reasons I have been pondering the subject of abortion lately.
Of course the airwaves have been full lately of various factions screaming about the “right to life” and “protecting the unborn”. People are shouting about new legislation and whether the constitution should be amended yet again.
I have come to two conclusions which would solve the whole issue.
The first is my long held belief that the mother should have the ultimate right to chose.
I know there are the craw-thumpers who go on about the rights of the “unborn” but I just ignore them. If a foetus is not viable then it is taking its “life” from the mother – it is not alive in itself, any more than my arms or legs are alive. And if I make the decision to have an arm or leg removed, not only is that my decision but I have to live with the consequences. And not even the most righteous would dare say I had “murdered” my limb? I also find it wryly amusing that these “right to lifers” are never around to support the mother of an unwanted child. They have done their moralistic thing and the mother can live with the consequences.
The second conclusion comes out of listening to debates between on the one hand the “right to life” shower and their screaming about the inalienable right of a foetus to life, and the other which is the quandary that the situation has loaded on the medical profession. One says the law must be clarified so that surgeons and medical staff know where they stand in all situations and the other says that the law cannot cover every situation because each case is different.
The answer is blindingly simple.
Take the law out of the operating theatre.
Scrap all the laws which purport to dictate to the medical profession how to do their job. Laws and medicine do not mix. In law, every situation must be catered for yet in medicine no two situations are ever the same. Black and white meets perpetually grey. There are sufficient laws in place to try to prevent medical malpractice so lets leave it at that. If I am on the operating table bleeding to death, I don’t want my surgeon to be huddled in a corner consulting with his lawyer.
Let’s just scrap the laws and let common sense and reasoned decisions rule the day.