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Wednesday, 17 January 2018


An article aboutabortion was just on breakfast tv - plugging some programme or other which I doubt I'll watch.

But I must admit I find it a fascinating subject - most of us can just shrug our shoulders at many issues, but not abortion. Furthermore, people's opinions tend to be very strong, and there is not a cat in hell's chance that they will change them (which makes debating the issue pretty unproductive).

It's a bit like the chicken and the egg - some people believe that the chicken came first, others the egg. Does the pregnant woman take priority, or does the foetus? Something like whether we should get rid of nuclear weapons, or keep them as a deterrent. Questions with no chance of achieving a broad agreement. I'm glad I was never in a position where I had to choose - my own child was very much planned.

But, of course, because of people's entrenched beliefs, probably great for the ratings!

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