The new Minister for Women, Maria Miller, who has the gall to call herself 'a very modern feminist', wants to lower the legal abortion limit from 24 to 20 weeks.
Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May also back a reduction to 20 weeks.
And now the new Minister of Health, Jeremy Hunt, is going even further. He wants to lower the limit to 12 weeks.
Note that this Minister of Health backs homeopathy, or as a science blogger put it, 'he believes in magic'.
And of course there, as here, women's rights are considered a frippery, subject to a free fucking vote.
And there, as here, women's rights are always open for negotiation. Abortion came up in the 2010 election, not long after a similar reduction in the time limit was voted down in 2008 but only because Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, whipped her party members, demonstrating again why people call her Harriet Hardwoman.
To add insult to injury, 40 Days of Harassment has slithered across the pond. Abortion clinics are under siege from Christian nutters, who learned from their USian counterparts.
This is at least the second year the UK has been invaded by clinic harassers. Last year I started following someone calling herself @40daysoftreats, who countered the fetus fetishists' efforts by encouraging people to bring treats for clinic workers and patients. Insults outside, Jammie Dodgers inside.
Natch, the Brits are appalled. There, as here, sane people watch what's going in the USian War on Women in slack-jawed wonder, thinking: 'That can't possibly happen here'.
The UK rightly prides itself on its abortion law. It's been legal there since 1967, albeit with some conditions.
Conditions that sane people would like to see liberalized, not CONservatized.
Viz, the first comment here by Josh Kutchinsky.
UK law should be brought in line with that of Canada in relation to abortion, i.e. repealed so as to decriminalise abortion.Yep. That's what I would call pro-life too.
I am more pro-life than many who usurp the name but not the meaning. I would provide good sex and relationships education. I would provide support and counselling. I would provide contraceptives and knowledge as to how to use them properly. This is how to reduce all abortions not just control some in order to increase the number of back street ones or encourage self administered procedures. Numbers of foetuses aborted would be reduced, number of women dying reduced, number of unwanted, malnourished, sick and dying children reduced. Respect for women as autonomous human beings to be treated with dignity and equality and not patronised and infantalised would be much increased. That's really pro-life.
ADDED: A call to arms from a British blogger, who warns that anti-choice will win if pro-choicers aren't prepared. A lesson we've learned well in Canada,eh?