So starts the thread on a very controversial subject and one which has some interesting splits in it for sure. The subject in hand is abortion.
In the UK, the right to an abortion as we know it has been in effect since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967, whereas in the United States of America it is decided by each state itself, which has been in effect since 1973. The UK’s 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland and therefore generally speaking it is still classified as a criminal offence, unless in specific scenarios such as risk to the mother’s life (although this has been addressed as recently as this year).
On average abortions can be carried out within 26 weeks of conception, or at any time if the mother’s health is deemed to be under risk if she goes through the full term of pregnancy.
I’ll pose some questions to push the discussion initially, however please bring anything you find relevant to the table. Remember to stay on topic and most importantly respect each others’ opinions.
- Pro-life or pro-choice?
- What has caused you to decide this?
- Pro-choice: out of the parents, whose right is it to decide if an abortion is to be carried out or not?
- Pro-life: when do you think consciousness begins?
- In the case of NI and other affected areas, do you think religion is a stumbling block in the introduction of abortion laws?
- In the scenario the child has been diagnosed with a grave illness or a disability before being born, do you believe the parent/s have right to decide on an abortion?