Imagine living in a place so reactionary a women’s minister could actually be pro-life. We’d need Margaret Atwood to capture the horror of this handmaid’s tale, right?
Wait a minute. It’s actually happening. And no, not in Mississippi. Nor do I refer to the feminist nightmare called Stephen Harper’s Canada, where the usual suspects are screeching at Rona Ambrose for voting in favour of parliamentary hearings on the science of when life begins… as if a woman should have a mind of her own and not just obey when told what it’s proper for females to say, think and do. In fact I refer to the benighted, hideous patriarchal island of backward darkness called (ugh) Britain.
Yes, you read that right. Somehow the masonry has yet to tumble in the UK, at least so far. But doubtless it soon will, after Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport & Minister for Women and Equalities, told the Daily Telegraph that far from regretting her vote to lower the abortion limit from 24 to 20 weeks she would “absolutely” do it again, adding that with medical care now able to save children born before 24 weeks:
You have got to look at these matters in a very common sense way. I looked at it from the really important stance of the impact on women and children. What we are trying to do here is not to put obstacles in people’s way but to reflect the way medical science has moved on.
Hold on. In Britain they don’t just debate abortion, they actually have limits on when you can perform one?
Um, yes. Civilized countries often do stuff like that. Why, we even could here.