It seems that in recent days the useless boneheads who supposedly represent our interests in parliament have run out of real issues to debate, and are instead busily participating in an echo chamber of hysteria over the time limits for abortion operations. It kicked off with Women’s Minister Maria Miller, who claims that her support for a reduction in the limit from 24 to 20 weeks is based on “common sense” and “the impact on women and children” — which is a bit like saying that the Salem witch trials were conducted to advance the cause of scientific research — and the proposal has attracted partially favourable comments from several politicians including the prime minister himself.
Oh yeah, and there’s been yet another pointless speech-crime prosecution, this time related to comments about the disappearance of April Jones. About time too: it’s been well over a month since the last one, our prisons are nowhere near full enough, and we must work hard to preserve the UK’s growing reputation as a nation of pathetic cry-babies who need the government to protect them from the unspeakable horror of having their feelings hurt on the internet. Apparently the perpetrator was initially arrested “for his own safety” after an angry mob turned up at his house, suggesting that this particular case is less about over-zealous law enforcement than it is a manifestation of the current popular fetish for entitled hysterical offense-taking.
There are very few topics more mind-numbingly tedious than the endless whining about abortion. In the red corner we have considerable scientific evidence that legalised abortion offers social benefits in terms of reduced crime levels and public spending, while in the blue corner we have a gaggle of boo-hooing emotionalists wringing their hands over the imaginary “rights” of an unconscious bundle of cells with no thoughts or personality of its own. This only constitutes a meaningful debate to the same extent that Mike Tyson fighting a blind paraplegic two-year-old constitutes a boxing match, although sadly it won’t end anywhere near as quickly.
The existence of such a controversy is hardly surprising in a world where millions of American adults believe that the universe was literally created in seven days, but it’s rather more worrying when a significant number of senior ministers publicly declare their support for regressive and superstitious policy changes that benefit precisely no-one. Fortunately the official government policy on abortion is that there is no official government policy on abortion — parliamentarians are free to vote on such issues in accordance with their conscience — so we can hopefully rely on the “pro-choice majority” so despised by the sentimentalists to obstruct this latest attempt to roll back personal freedoms and rational practicality in the interests of their own little feelings. For now.