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There's nothing sexist in opposing abortion

Published 22/11/2016

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Fionola Meredith writes that, to her, "there is something deeply misogynistic about refusing to support women's access to basic reproductive rights", by which she means abortion (Opinion, November 18).

There is nothing misogynistic about it. Many of the opponents of abortion are women; critics of abortion oppose it regardless of whether or not those unborn children who are aborted are female or male.

Supporters of abortion in Parliament last year voted out legislation designed to outlaw sex-selective abortion - a practice which is deeply misogynistic. It may be added that sex-selective abortion has been defended by Ann Furedi, of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, and that Fionola Meredith has praised Mrs Furedi's book on abortion.

Fionola Meredith is free to defend her views on abortion, but must she do so with so flagrant a disregard for logic and the facts?

C D C ARMSTRONG

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