All the bloggers here support a pro-choice position. We believe that being pro-choice is a morally consistent position to take, as it gives women control over their own bodies, rather than needing to seek permission from others in regard to whether or not they have to continue a pregnancy. We believe it is unethical to insist that a woman continue with a pregnancy against her will. We may have slightly different ideas about what pro-choice might look like in a legal or practical framework, but on the above we do agree.
There has been much discussion of many facets of abortion on this blog, particularly recently since abortion law reform became a hot topic again. It's a key feminist issue and it's not going away any time soon.
You can see some of our past posts that touch on, or fully address, the morality of abortion below (most recent first, new posts will be added at the top):
- Abortion - why it needs to be legal - by Julie, August 2010
- Abortion in Japan - by katy, July 2010
- Abortion Law Reform: Keeping the arguments straight - by Deborah, July 2010
- Woman as womb - by Julie, March 2010
- Depressing facts about abortion - by the ex-expat, December 2008
- More on abortion: what about disabilities? - by Deborah, July 2008
- More on abortion: the female foeticide objection - by Deborah, June 2008
- More on abortion: the infanticide objection - by Deborah, June 2008
- Speaking up for abortion - by Deborah, June 2008
Some commenters want to constantly discuss the morality of abortion, particularly the issue about fetal personhood, regardless of whether that is relevant on the post in question. So we've established this separate page for discussion of that element of the issue (the moral arguments, not just fetal personhood).
When a blogger indicates, via comment directions at the end of a post about abortion, that they want morality issues to be discussed here instead of on their post that should be respected. We won't be shifting comments from other places to here - we will most likely just delete comments that don't respect comment directions. So best to put it here, unless you want it sent to trash.
General commenting rules will apply on this page, in particular:
- Anonymous comments require some form of consistent handle. This can be an initial or a psuedonym. Where someone is sharing something they obviously need to be anon for privacy reasons we may waive this requirement.
- Disagreement is fine. Moderation is not done on the basis that you disagree, it's done on the way you disagree. For example, any comments that call women "murderers" or similar for having abortions will be deleted. Imagine you are arguing with your grandmother listening in, if that helps.
- Moderation is at the total discretion of the bloggers. Your right to free speech is vigorously protected by your right to set up your own blog, for free, as we have done.
Last updated August 21st 2010.