Our ancestors are not to be condemened because they valued the unborn

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

In her letter advocating the abolition of our abortion legislation Miss Jude Wilson makes much of her religious connections (letters, April 7).

She describes herself as a postgraduate student of pastoral theology and she refers to God twice in her letter. One wonders how she can reconcile belief in God with her willingness to see the deliberate destruction of His innocent unborn creatures.

Does she really think that her position can be justified by reference to scripture or tradition or will she admit that it is in essence a thoroughly secular opinion?

Has she read the recently published ( and thoroughly horrifying ) description given by one of the convicted woman’s flat mates of the circumstances in which this unborn child was aborted? The women who reported their fellow lodger who aborted her baby are to be applauded for their courage.

And has it occurred to her that a law is not bad simply because it was passed over 150 years ago? The laws banning the slave trade and the institution of slavery itself are of still greater antiquity-would Miss Wilson reject those statutes because they date from the first half of the 19th century?

Our ancestors are not to be condemned because they valued the lives of the unborn more than some do today.

C.D.C.Armstrong, Belfast BT12