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Disquiet about abortion is growing among 18- to 24-year-olds

Writing in the Spectator, Dan Hitchens has reported that, “The number of young people who are opposed to abortion, or at least worried about it, is growing — this despite the usual hostility from student unions.


“Just look at the results of a ComRes survey conducted in April. Asked whether the abortion limit should be halved to 12 weeks, the most likely age group to agree were, by some distance, the 18- to 24-year-olds: 48 per cent said yes, only 26 per cent no.”


He goes on to say, “Although pro-life activism brings you up against a fair amount of angry opposition, I’ve been struck by how many students are sympathetic to our cause, or unsure quite what to think. This will surprise those who note - reasonably enough - that students are getting more socially liberal, and who - more dubiously - equate pro-life beliefs with social conservatism.


“The truth is that people from all political backgrounds are disquieted by Britain’s abortion culture. My own convictions aren’t products of a left-wing or right-wing worldview; it’s just that I’ve never been able to shake the idea that each abortion is a death. Some say that human beings only start having rights at 20 to 24 weeks, or at birth, or at some point in childhood; all these seem to me far less persuasive than assuming that at conception, this new, unique being with its own genetic makeup is one of us.”


Dan Hitchens concludes the article by suggesting that, “Our society, which has at times explained away the rights of one group or another — religious minorities, slaves, women — is now doing the same for the very young and the very small.” @