There can be no more emotive topic, nor one that more clearly underscores the villainy of government versus the sensitivity of anarchism than the difficult matter of abortion.
Nadine Dorries, bless her cotton socks, has decided from her vantage point on the massive moral high ground she enjoys (living off the proceeds of extortion, generous expense claims, running off with another womanâs husband, etc.) to agitate for severe restrictions on other womenâs rights to abortion.
Now abortion is a very difficult issue. People have incredibly strong views on when life begins and what could possibly constitute the murder of an unborn child. Other people have different views, some feel that abortion is simply another form of contraception and have no particular issues with repeatedly undergoing abortions. My view is somewhere in the middle, but crucially, I believe that every person has the right to make their own mind up.
I cannot imagine how a woman or a couple must feel, having to make the decision to have an abortion. But the truth of the matter is that it is something where you can advise, offer opinions or discuss, but the ultimate decision rests with the woman. It is her body.
Having any kind of law decreeing when, how and under what circumstances a woman can undergo abortion will often mean that difficult and unpleasant situations can be even more so. Especially when those laws are drafted by dogmatic, hypocritical lunatics.
In an anarchist society, the decision would rest completely with the woman, because it is her body. The individual beliefs of the woman, one way or the other, would have the ultimate deciding power. Small-minded dogmatists would quite rightly be marginalised, which is, in my opinion, the way life should be lived.