Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:35:31 PM
@musuko - apologies about the name fu - its my shotgun keyboard technique.
"Functional maturity of the cerebral cortex is suggested by fetal and neonatal electroencephalographic patterns...First, intermittent electroencephalograpic bursts in both cerebral hemispheres are first seen at 20 weeks gestation; they become sustained at 22 weeks and bilaterally synchronous at 26 to 27 weeks."
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:34:03 PM
Besides, think about it for a moment. In England and Wales, is it really plausible that 200,000 pregnancies per year pose a severe level of medical threat to the woman? Obviously not. However, every pregnancy causes some physical harm to the woman, so every abortion can be said to be preventing harm to the woman. It's a technicality that has become routine.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:30:57 PM
"The overwhelming majority of abortions (95% in 2004 for England and Wales) were certified under the statutory ground of risk of injury to the mental or physical health of the pregnant woman."
So the figures suggest that not only are women not aborting for casual reasons (95% aren't, according to the above)[..]
Absolutely wrong, though your conclusion is understandable because you don`t know UK law.
Note the word "statutory". When abortion was first legalised in the UK, it was done so on that basis - that it was a medical procedure done because pregnancy was a risk to the mental or physical health of the mother.
It is simply rote formula to comply with an old law and it means nothing at all. No matter how casually abortion is taken, it`ll still go down on the records as being a necessary medical procedure to reduce risk to the mental and physical health of the woman.