Critically Analyse Catherine Bennett's Article Titled 'Why Does Jeremy Hunt Want to Turn Back the Clock on the Abortion Debate?"

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This critical analysis will discuss Catherine Bennett’s article published in The Observer, titled ‘Why does Jeremy Hunt want to turn the clock back on the abortion debate?’. Of the ‘quality’ Sunday paper reading public, 2.1% (NRS Jul ’11 – Jun ’12) choose The Observer, 48% of whom are women. Traditionally a very left of the center newspaper, its outreach is expansive and with a dedicated readership in line with its political stance, Bennett’s article is well placed for an audience who should be more receptacle of this politically motivated piece. With strong accusations and a very clear purpose: to solidify the reader’s opinion against the Conservative party and to persuade the reader that the Tories’ recent abortion limit discussions are part of an attack on women’s rights and a way of oppressing their choices. Many interesting and relevant points are raised in this article and being a woman, not least the question of my rights and the curiosity aroused by this supposed “concerted attack” against them. I chose this article to critically analyse because it bears relevance to me, but also because the question of abortion has typically been a question of ethics and the use of medical science advancement in advocating the discussion proposes interesting ideas. Ethics requires consideration of a variation of factors when concluding what point abortion becomes ‘wrong’. However, when looking at the debate from the eyes of medical science as raised in the article, a simpler argument is offered: at what point can a foetus survive outside of the womb and the woman’s wellbeing. The article focuses on three Conservative party members and their arguments for a reduction in the abortion time limit. This, the author believes, is a way of oppressing women’s choices and could consequentially lead to illegal operations and the on sought of abortions overseas. The article

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