A true feminist will defend the unborn girls being aborted in the UK because of their sex

17 February 2015 11:52

Question: Is abortion on gender grounds illegal in the UK? Answer: yes and no and maybe – depends who you ask. Ask Britain’s biggest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory… Continue reading

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The top students who are too lazy to argue

20 November 2014 12:58

Don’t be a Stepford student — subscribe to The Spectator’s print and digital bundle for just £22 for 22 weeks.  Brendan O’Neill writes this week’s cover piece on his encounters with ‘Stepford… Continue reading

A woman in London poses next to a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci of a foetus dated 1511, at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace  in 2012 (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

3 November 2014 11:51

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim of domestic violence during that pregnancy, and your husband began… Continue reading

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Having an abortion means ending a life. Even pro-choice students should realise that

24 October 2014 12:42

Last week, the Tab, an online student tabloid, published an article by an anonymous Cambridge student entitled ‘I shouldn’t have been aggressively reminded of my abortion at Freshers Fair’. The… Continue reading

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

How should we describe ‘assisted dying’?

7 July 2014 15:40

There is, I realise, no perfect, neutral way of describing ‘assisted dying’, the substance of Lord Falconer’s bill which comes up for its second reading on 18th July. ‘Right to… Continue reading


America’s Left is just as ‘eccentric’ as its Right

9 May 2014 17:04

Rory Sutherland writes in this week’s magazine that the Mozilla/Brendan Eich affair has finally put him off his dream of moving to the United States, quoting Andrew Sullivan that ‘The… Continue reading


Is moral change speeding up?

17 April 2014 14:41

After David Cameron’s whole God thing last week, there was a discussion on the radio this morning about whether religion is necessary for morality. Clearly there’s nothing to stop atheists… Continue reading


Burning foetuses to heat hospitals: a perfect metaphor for modern Britain

24 March 2014 18:16

By way of a metaphor for the way the NHS and, come to that, the law regards foetuses, you can’t really better the reality, viz, that foetal remains from abortions… Continue reading

A dish of human embryos at an IVF clinic in California. Image: Getty

Would you screen for the ‘gay’ gene?

27 February 2014 10:21

How would you feel about a couple doing IVF just in order to find the embryos most likely to to be gay… and chuck them out? Does that sound like… Continue reading


Gendercide, abortion and hypocrisy of the pro-choicers

15 January 2014 14:48

There was a lovely little ultrasound picture of a foetus to illustrate the Independent’s splash today about the incidence of sex-selective abortions in Britain. According to the paper’s analysis of… Continue reading

Contrary to what the BBC would have you believe, there is no majority in favour of reforming abortion law in Northern Ireland.

The BBC’s bias on abortion in Northern Ireland is breathtaking

12 October 2013 10:12

The establishment has a target in its sights; you can always tell from the tone of the Today programme. In this case, it’s Northern Ireland’s abortion law. The occasion is… Continue reading

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Melanie McDonagh: This is why our abortion laws are a joke

8 October 2013 17:42

There’s been much chatter today about Keir Starmer’s declaration that it was right not to prosecute doctors who authorised abortions that were requested because of the gender of the foetus.… Continue reading

Our abortion laws are wholly absurd. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s abortion laws are inherently absurd

8 October 2013 10:04

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, yesterday declared that it was right not to prosecute doctors who authorised abortions which, according to a Telegraph investigation, were requested because of the gender of… Continue reading

George Osborne's alleged winning mix of fiscal austerity and social liberalism is a losing combination. Image: Getty

George Osborne’s combination of austerity and social libertarianism is repellent

15 November 2012 10:24

George Osborne’s spirited bid in The Times (£) earlier this week  to appropriate the Obama victory for the Tories is a curious mirror image of the Labour Party’s arguments to… Continue reading

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Ireland and Abortion: Cruelty disguised as piety, cowardice misrepresented as principle. - Spectator Blogs

14 November 2012 12:53

Oh, Ireland! You knew it would come to this. Today’s Irish Times carries the appalling story of the death of Savita Halappanavar, a dentist in Galway, who died in hospital… Continue reading

Lily Allen has weighed into the row over Jeremy Hunt's comments about abortion. Picture: Getty

The small-minded people of the abortion debate

10 October 2012 18:44

Are men not allowed to talk about abortion any more? I’ve lost count of the angry comments I have read on Facebook and Twitter, denouncing Jeremy Hunt, the new Health… Continue reading


Abortion: Jeremy Hunt may be stupid, that doesn't mean he's wrong –

6 October 2012 13:16

Jeremy Hunt: what a card! A row about abortion is just what the Conservative and Unionist party needs to kick-off its conference week! The MP for South West Surrey is… Continue reading

Anti-Abortion Group Displays Controversial Billboard

Rape is rape and abortion is abortion. Except when they're not. - Spectator Blogs

28 August 2012 13:08

Way back in my debating days at Trinity College, Dublin we knew you could guarantee large crowds and impressively  – that is, pleasingly – bad-tempered debates twice a year. These… Continue reading


The skewed priorities of the BBC’s abortion investigation story

14 July 2012 17:30

Did anyone else notice anything weird about the BBC’s coverage of the story last week about the 14 NHS trusts that a government health watchdog found to be breaking the… Continue reading


Department of Probability: Fornication Desk

19 April 2012 15:40

We are indebted to Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael TD for Mayo, for offering this gem during a Dail debate on Ireland’s abortion laws: “In an ideal world there would be… Continue reading


Did Mitt Romney Really Change His Mind on Abortion?

23 February 2012 15:40

Poor Mitt Romney. Once upon a time he aspired to run Massachussetts, a state which backs legal abortion; now he aspires to lead a Republican party which will not willingly… Continue reading

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Rick Santorum: As Electable As George Wallace

15 February 2012 18:57

On the other hand, Jonathan Chait makes an argument that, though "electability" is notionally Mitt Romney’s greatest strength, there’s reason to suppose he’s no more electable than Rick Santorum. It’s… Continue reading


Abbott quits abortion talks, but will her contributions be missed?

26 January 2012 15:09

Diane Abbott has, the BBC reports, walked away from the all-party talks on abortion because of the government’s proposals on counselling services. But others involved in the talks claim that Labour’s… Continue reading


What does it say about our society that abortion will now be advertised on TV?

21 January 2012 16:37

The news that for-profit abortion providers are soon to be allowed to advertise on television suggests there is something very wrong with our society. Abortion may well at times be… Continue reading


Who cares about abortion?

8 September 2011 17:46

Thanks to Nadine Dorries’ amendment to the Health and Social Care bill, abortion rights have been discussed a great deal this week – both inside and outside of Parliament. In… Continue reading