Jeremy Hunt's personal views on abortion limits are irresponsible
What on earth was Jeremy Hunt, the extremely green Health Secretary, thinking when he casually revealed in a newspaper article this weekend that he would like the abortion limit halved to 12 weeks?
Did he not think that his ‘opinion’ based on some “medical evidence” (which may I add no specialist working in this field can locate ANYWHERE), would get a huge amount of attention because, you know, he is the health secretary of this country? He is the first for many years to indeed even utter a word publicly about restricting the limit while in the post.
Even some of the Tory backbenchers, who could very well have some sympathy with Hunt’s ‘moral’ views, said his ill-timed intervention (on the eve of the Conservative part conference) represented a lack of discipline. I’ll say.
With Hunt’s irresponsible comments adding to the growing number of senior ministers saying they would support a cut in the abortion limit – an odd wave which was kick-started last week by the new culture and women’s minister, Maria Miller, in an interview with The Telegraph’s Wonder Women – Prime Minister David Cameron (who, for good measure, chipped in saying he too supported a modest reduction in the abortion limit – again no new scientific evidence supplied) tried to nip Hunt’s latest gaffe in the bud by assuring the people of Britain that Government had no plans to lower the limit.
Much has been written and said about the effect Hunt’s views will have on the Conservatives, their appeal and the view of the Tory party conference.