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Abortion, Equality and the Trouble with Humanism .........

Stewart Cowan, 23/11/08

Labour MEP for London, Mrs Mary Honeyball, is at it again. She continues to spit on the 'democratic process' which her party loves superficially (while doing the opposite), by condemning her own government's refusal to change the abortion law in Northern Ireland after Secretary of State Shaun Woodward insisted the Government will not move to extend abortion laws.

The majority of people in the province and all four main political parties and all main religious denominations are against abortion in their country, but a handful of Westminster MPs, none representing Ulster, think their views should take precedence.

Of course, they reduce the killing of innocent unborn human beings into a fight for presumed 'equal rights' on both sides of the Irish Sea. 200,000 abortions a year are carried out in Britain, so they think it is only right that people in the whole of the UK should have access to the carnage.

Mrs Honeyball spouts newspeak again when she says, "It is terrible that women in Northern Ireland do not have the same access to reproductive healthcare, and therefore the same freedom over their bodies, as women in the rest of the UK."

As usual with this lady, there is no mention of the fathers, or their rights, or the unborn children's right to the most basic thing of all: life itself. Mrs Honeyball is interested in women's rights, not human rights, equity, fairness or justice.

There are only a few MPs who are truly possessed enough to fight for more death in N. Ireland, as if there has not been more than enough already as we all know. The Belfast telegraph reports:

"London MP Diane Abbott, however, has pledged to continue to fight for reform by tabling a private member’s bill after the Government killed off her amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. This pledge has already angered political parties and pro-life activists here who have branded it “laughable” and “desperate gesture politics”.

"Last month, Bernie Smyth from Precious Life said: “Diane Abbott is still arrogantly ignoring the clear pro-life message from our politicians, church leaders, and our people. “My message to Diane Abbot is butt out of Northern Ireland and stop interfering in our protection of our unborn children,” she added."

If these people think that increased access to abortion is helpful to humanity, they just need to look across the North Channel, where the The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is setting up Scotland's first private clinic specialising in "late-term" abortions because the NHS cannot cope with the hundreds of requests for what has become a particularly gruesome form of contraception.

Here is a picture of a baby aborted at 22 weeks. A woman's choice? Equality? Quality of life versus value of life? Or murder, plain and simple?

With all this abortion around and 80,000 children in care, you would think that all the people waiting to adopt would be given a fair chance, but most come up against a brick wall of bizarre bureaucracy that shames our country further.

Humanism can NEVER provide a framework for ethics because people left to their own devices and imaginations and who have their own 'comfort zones' set their own agenda. To demonstrate how confused humanists are, here are the views on abortion from the British Humanist Association:

"Humanists value life and value happiness and personal choice, and many actively campaigned for legalised abortion in the 1960s."

"Because humanists take happiness and suffering into consideration, they are usually more concerned with the quality of life than the right to life, if the two come into conflict."

They say they do not believe in God, yet they will play god with other people's lives.

"However, abortion is not the best way of avoiding unwanted children, and improved sex education, easily available contraception, and better education and opportunities for young women, can all help to reduce the number of abortions."

The evidence shows that the opposite is true: more sex education, starting earlier, leads to more sex and more abortion and disease, more despair and dysfunctional youngsters.

They even pose the question, "Can infanticide ever be right?"

One of their initial comments is, "So in thinking about abortion a humanist would consider ... the rights and wishes of everyone involved, trying to find the kindest course of action or the one that would do the least harm."

And of course killing causes the most harm, so why don't humanists/atheists admit this? Is it because they are confused by the culture of 'rights,' 'diversity' and 'choice'?

It is because humanism cannot provide the answers, however earnestly adherents search.

Despite the fact that they are in the minority, many humanists want religion banned - the BHA wants "school assemblies without religious worship" and laughingly, "freedom of belief and respect for the non-religious." One day they might see that evolution is a religion as a leading anti-creationist admitted.

Unfortunately, there seem to be many more humanists than Christians on active duty for their religion. I believe that their confusion over right and wrong and their evangelical passion for trying to replace Christian beliefs with their own is one of the greatest threats we face today, and the humanists will also suffer!

The last word goes to the Psalmist, which is not reproduced here just to upset 'humanists'. From Psalm 139:

13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

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