A pro-life group is putting forward the idea that abortion should not be a "right" granted to women as part of law. Part of the reasoning about it is the number of abortions carried out each year is too high and that women are using it as a contreceptive method instead of realising they are taking a life.
Ok, we can get into the difficulty of trying to work out what the rights and wrongs of it some other time and what point a foetus becomes a life, whether at conception, viability or when its born.
However, part of their argument, is along the lines that there is effectively a lost generation of 100,000 British or a million Americans lost each year due to abortion. The same applies to other countries which have legalised abortion. That is still large amount of people who have never been born for one reason or another.
So, the question is, not whether abortion is legal or not, but what would be the repercussions be if abortion was absent and if each of the women had tried to bring each of those pregancies to term?
One of the arguments is that because of this, a generation of good people has been lost? Does this still hold.
I would also expect a much higher rate of female mortality and I would guess that women's rights still be set further back.
What do you think? Can abortion be justified not just as a right for women, but as something that is beneficial to society in general?