Can we talk about abortion? Not ban it, not even necessarily limit it; just talk about it? The public doesn't want to, because it’s a "private matter". Politicians won't raise it for fear of being called anti-women. The people driving such debate as we have about abortion are those who want to make it as easy to obtain as possible.
Last week the Commons debated a Ten Minute Rule Bill, submitted by Labour MP Diana Johnson, that would decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks. At present, abortion is technically illegal without the permission of two doctors – an arrangement that Ms Johnson calls "harsh" and "obsolete". She says she doesn't want to deregulate abortion, just remove any threat of prosecution – allowing professional medical bodies to oversee the practice, rather than the criminal authorities. The Bill passed 172-142, because many complacent opponents didn't show up to vote.