My yr12s have been discussing the moral issues behind the recent story of the 10 year old girl denied an abortion. They argued that an absolute approach has forsaken this girl in many ways
Firstly is the fact that pregnancy at such a young age has many risks and it feels that society is willing to risk her life in the name of the preservation of a potential life. (Of course whether a foetus is a potential life, a life or a bundle of cells is a debatable issue in itself).
Secondly is the problem that her mother has been sentenced to prison as a result of neglect. Again whether you agree that a parent would know and that failure to act means they should be punished aside; we have a pregnant 10 year old alone now. Perhaps her mother is negligent or useless, but what if she wasn’t…this girl has to face something very scary alone!
However, can you ever have relativist laws, surely a law that bends and changes could be manipulated…