Ann Furedi on the Moral Case for Abortion
March 8, 2017
Marking International Women’s Day 2017 Ann Furedi, author of The Moral Case for Abortion and Chief Executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a not-for-profit provider of abortion services in the UK, discusses women’s moral literacy and their right to self-determination
The Moral Case for Abortion has never been so relevant.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, an important step that has allowed millions of women in Britain the chance to safely and lawfully end an unwanted pregnancy. It was a crucial piece of law-making that has served society well. But it has never allowed women the right to choose freely, privately, for themselves whether or not to have a child. The Act did not grant women the right to act on their consciences, determining for themselves what was right for them and their families; nor even did it give women control over their own bodies. The Abortion Act failed to place decision-making with individual pregnant women, where it rightly belongs. Instead it is left firmly with the medical profession.