Abortion and why, in trendy middle-class circles, Mrs U dreads being asked what she does for a living

Apr 13, 2018 by

by Tom Utley, Mailonline:

Whatever we may think about abortion, shouldn’t everyone brought up in our tradition of free expression feel uneasy about this week’s decision to ban pro-Life campaigners from setting up shop outside a clinic where terminations are performed?

Before I go any further, I should declare an interest. My wife is a strongly committed pro-Lifer, who works for the boss of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)— and although my views are perhaps not quite as uncompromising as hers, I am firmly on her side in the debate.

I wish that people wouldn’t close their minds to SPUC’s arguments.

Indeed, it’s a measure of how dominant and intolerant social liberalism has become in modern Britain that Mrs U has come to dread being asked what she does for a living.

It’s not that she’s ashamed of her job —on the contrary, she’s proud of it and enjoys the fulfilment of working for what she regards as a hugely important cause.

It’s just that in the metropolitan, middle-class circles in which we move, you will often hear a sharp intake of breath around the dinner table when she mentions she works for SPUC.

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