The sponsors of the Abortion Bill must themselves have been
surprised by what has happened. Even before the Act was passed there was a rush
for the operation, and as the years have passed, it seems that the medical
world has turned a blind eye to the requirements of the Act by virtually making
abortion available by request or on demand. Why so many doctors and nurses are
willing to perform the operation is disconcerting, particularly bearing in mind
the old-time Hippocratic oath now up-dated to read "I will maintain the utmost
respect for human life from the time of conception".
We have now reached the stage where abortion is being given,
not necessarily because of the prescribed valid reasons, but because of
irresponsible sexual behaviour it is being used as a post-pregnant form of
birth control. It would be interesting to learn how many members of the medical
staff are diverted from constructive surgery to attend abortions. There can be
no delay either with these operations. Would the number of abortion requests
lessen if there was a 10-month waiting list?
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