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May 26, 2007

Child Destruction

I can understand why she did this, while understanding is not the same as approval:

A woman who had a backstreet abortion when she was seven-and-a-half months pregnant was convicted on a rare charge of child destruction yesterday.

Maisha Mohamed, 22, a mother of three, is believed to be the first expectant mother to be convicted under the 78-year-old law, even though she has never admitted what she did and no body has ever been found.

At some point along the path from conception to the 18 th birthday and full adulthood (and as you know, people differ about where, some right from the beginning and others, Peter Singer say, some years afterwards) the right to life trumps those of the mother. The law also recognizes this, from easily available abortion, to more restricted over 24 weeks gestation, to the above child destruction, to infanticide to murder (above one year of age I think).

I doubt there will be anyone happy about this outcome...but seven and a half months, 30, 32 weeks from conception, well, yes, the balance of rights does seem to have shifted to the child, doesn't it?

(My own view is that they do a great deal earlier but this is more about the law than my personal beliefs.)

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I usually find articles about abortion useless and unenlightening, but I saw an exception recently. After the writer had argued that the usual figures given for annual deaths from illegal abortions before legalisation were largely fictional (which I had anyway assumed) he showed that, insofar as they had a factual basis, they referred to a period before antibiotics were widely available.

Posted by: dearieme | May 26, 2007 5:10:56 PM

"I can understand why she did this"

So can I.

If she hadn't, she'd be in line for an honour killing.

Tim, sometimes you are just SO sweet...

Posted by: Martin | May 26, 2007 9:23:17 PM