Abortion - The true agony of choice
The ever controversial topic of abortion was put back on the agenda this week, with plans afoot to reform rules on pre-termination counselling.
Proposals mean women seeking abortion should be offered counselling elsewhere, not just by the organisations which carry out the procedure.
The Anfield-born Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, who is carving a niche for herself as a sort of modern day Mary Whitehouse, has argued that these organisations have a financial incentive to offer pro-termination advice.
Nadine claims 60,000 of the UK's 200,000 abortions would not take place if women were offered an alternative listening ear.
Groups who disagree with abortion on religious or moral grounds are behind the plans, but what business is it of theirs, or Nadine's, or any organisation that provides the service?
I suspect most women who've had a termination don't take the decision lightly. Many may keep their own agonising council for days or weeks leading up to their arrival at the clinic door.
They don't need to be guilt-tripped in emotive and distressing language how their unborn child is missing out on a chance at life, or told that by getting rid of this little hiccup will get their life back on track.
The option of counselling, by a number of different organisations representing different viewpoints, is already there. Why the need to formalise the arrangement?
The advice is there to be taken or left, as the woman sees fit. And that is pro-choice.