The Open Sesame to abortion is “risk to mental health”. Today in Britain, some 97 percent of all abortions are allowed on the grounds that the pregnancy is a risk to the mother’s mental health.
In the 1960s when British lawmakers were drafting the Abortion Act 1967, they assured the public that the new law would only permit abortion under very strict conditions, and that there would be no slippery slope to abortion-on-demand. The purpose of this law, they claimed, was to end the small number of dangerous backstreet abortions. Tragically, 50 years later their assurances have proven hollow and worthless.
Even though the British law requires that two doctors to certify that an abortion is needed on medical grounds, no one seriously denies that abortion-on-demand is the current practice in the UK. The weak link in the Abortion Act was the clause allowing abortion if a pregnancy carried a ‘risk of injury to the mental health of the pregnant woman’.
What does these words even mean? What constitutes a ‘risk to mental health’? A ‘crisis pregnancy’ would qualify. Are you underage? Are you unemployed, can’t afford a baby, and so on. Just say “I can’t take it” and the doctor will sign the form. No wonder doctors treat the consultation as a charade, and want it replaced with legalised abortion-on-demand.
The Irish Minister for Health proposes to allow abortion between 12 and 23 weeks in what he claims would be “exceptional circumstances”, including the risk to mental health. Just how he hopes to make abortion exceptional is yet to be explained, seeing what has happened in the UK over the past five decades.
Do our political leaders learn anything from the example of other countries?