But — referring tangentially to my previous posting — is abortion a women’s ‘right?
I think not — in the strictly so-called moral sense which causes so much social controversy, particularly in America today. It seems to be stronger than a woolly ‘human right’. Abortion in the form of child-culling seems to have been a survival ‘overlay’, a practice that might have become an instinct in due course had man remained hunter-gatherers in the African savannah for a few million years longer.
Anthropologists have observed in one tribe after another all round the world in different habitats the practice of the culling of all new born children whenever they had physical handicaps, even quite trivial ones, which might, in ancestral wisdom, have denoted the early sign of some much more serious genetic handicaps that didn’t reveal themselves until much later in the growing child, The criterion seems to be: Is such a child possibly going to be an emotional or economic burden on the mother or the culture group in which the child was born.