Sorry I'm a bit late today but it has been the first day of Spring. No, not the 'official' first day but the sun was shining from a cloudless sky and as far as I am concerned that's all it takes! Anyway, it necessitated a morning visit to the garden centre where I spent most of the time walking round in circles trying to remember the difference between a rose and a dandelion - yeeeeeees, quite - not much of a gardener, me! Also, of course, the 'Memsahib' was commanding and reminding me that we're still not into April and that there could be a string of heavy frosts which would blight my 'babies' before they had even produced buds. However, I am a man for the moment and long experience has taught me that my interest in gardens is usually somewhere between nil and -1 and thus it is essential that I seize the moment when a rare, very rare, enthusiasm arises.
All of that is by the way because 'The Donald' is - again! - all over the news because of his injudicious remarks concerning women having abortions and his opinion that they, or the medics concerned, should be punished. Now, as the current saying has it, 'I have some skin in this game' being as I am a bastard by birth - as well as by nature! Fortunately, my mother indulged her naughtiness in a time when abortion was a criminal offence. Women may not have been punished but abortionists were. Anyway, I lived, and just think what a huge loss to the world it would have been if I had been dragged out, no doubt kicking and screaming, and dumped in a waste bin - sorry, I didn't quite catch your remark!
However, it isn't just self-interest which prompts me to take a hard line against abortion. I think human life, and I mean all human life, is precious and that before bringing it to an untimely end enormous care and thought needs to be applied. I also think that human life begins the very instant sperm meets egg. Life is a process and once started there is no difference in the value of a life at any particular moment along the journey. It doesn't make any difference to me whether the life is terminated after one week of gestation or twenty weeks or any particular time span. Efforts by the pro-abortion lobby to support this or that arbitrary time span, suggesting by inference that at a certain time an embolism is non-human and thus disposable and the next day is human and entitled to protection is ludicrous, at least, it is ludicrous until such time that they can specify with scientific rigor a particular characteristic which will define the condition with accuracy.
Now of course, this being a human affair, nothing is entirely clear and straightforward. Instances of a child being produced following rape or a child suffering with gross deformities do not fall easily into an obvious solution. Before decisions are made they need careful consideration. The problem today is that mostly what we get in any abortion situation is careless consideration, in fact, I suspect, in the vast majority of cases there is no consideration at all!
Happily, tomorrow I shall be out virtually all day and thus I will avoid the ton of brown stuff likely to fall on this blog as a result of this post.