Abortion Sex-selection abortion

UK Prime Minister criticizes sex-selection abortion

Here is an interesting story reporting UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s criticism of sex-selection abortion.

One of the interesting things about this issue is the trouble people who support abortion rights have in explaining why sex-selection sbortion is an “appalling practice.” The story reports a comment that “This is not a debate about the rights and wrongs of abortion, but an issue of violence against women before they are born.” But supporters of abortion rights have a hard time explaining why sex-selection abortion is appalling. For people in favor of abortion rights, it is not acceptable to object to the reason a woman has for an abortion. Sex-selection abortion, too, ought to be beyond criticism. Perhaps that is because, as one abortion rights supporter explained at the Roe at 40 conference at W & L (which UFL co-sponsored), there is no sex discrimination involved because the unborn baby doesn’t become a girl until birth. The irrationality of that position is apparent. The whole controversy about sex-selection abortion is another opportunity to encourage people to recognize that every abortion takes the life of an innocent human being.

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Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.