Comment Is Free has published my response to Tory philosopher Phillip Blond’s statements on abortion:
More than anything, Red Toryism – the paternalistic credo with an eye on fixing our (allegedly) “broken society” – wants you to like it. The main proponent of Red Toryism is Phillip Blond, and in his interview with the Guardian over the weekend, he was quick to temper his anti-abortion rhetoric with some pro-lady noises. “For me,” says Blond, “women who choose not to have abortions are among the most moral creatures on these shores.”
I was at the beginning of my second year at university when I found out I was inconveniently and unexpectedly pregnant. I chose not to have an abortion, which I guess puts me in Blond’s awkwardly sentimental category of “moral creatures”. So, from the position of unearned ethical authority into which I have been corralled, perhaps I can explain exactly what is wrong with his argument when he says that “by and large, [abortion] should become an unacceptable practice. I would probably want to limit it to only the most extreme cases: rape, or when someone was very young, or incest.”
Read the rest here, and let me know if you brave the comments.
Related: Paperhouse, “Think of the children”
© Sarah Ditum, 2009