The man who helped legalize abortion here in Britain in 1967, Lord David Steel, said today that abortion is being used as a form of contraception and he never anticipated anything like the current number of terminations. He says an ‘irresponsible’ mood has emerged where women feel they can turn to abortion ‘if things go wrong.’ And he’s calling for greater sexual responsibility.
Whatever your view on the legality of abortion, do you think we’ve lost our moral compass when it comes to sexuality and pregnancy? Is abortion a legitimate option if a woman didn’t intend to become pregnant?
Here’s the story: http://society.guardian.co.uk/health/story/0,,2197924,00.html
Half a million people evacuated. More than a thousand homes already burnt – tens of thousands more under threat.
The fires in California are still raging and with President Bush having declared a state of emergency there, many of you are asking if the faster response in California– compared to the dismal failures during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans two years ago– are because California is richer and whiter?
moose67 on the DailyKos blog argues wealth is a factor:
“Southern California is dotted with million dollar homes, insured to the max and owned for the most part by influential, wealthy people. This was not necessarily the case along the Gulf Coast. I have a feeling most of these homes will be rebuilt within the next two years, while in hardest hit New Orleans, most homes still sit in a sad state of disrepair.“
Is the White House better at managing disaster? Or do governments respond faster when wealthier, more influential people are threatened?
Read personal experiences here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/7056970.stm
Speak to you soon, Anu