The question of unborn children and how you should think and talk about them and how they are treated always produces paroxysms of angst and grief among liberals and atheists. There are several reasons for this. Many liberals and atheists believe they are kinder, more generous and more inclusive of others than the conservatives and religious people they look down on. In some cases this may be true, although there is no evidence that liberals and atheists are personally more generous than conservatives and religious; the evidence goes the other way, in fact, and it is not difficult to see why (since almsgiving is central to our faith). Secondly, liberals/atheists see themselves on the vanguard of women’s liberation and pregnancy as the enemy of women’s freedom. Yet it is intrinsic to women’s biological and psychological to nurture life and sex is all bound up with this. (Which is why women’s sexual interest diminishes after they have given birth but their nurturing side doesn’t.) Abortion can only be countenanced by cauterising the conscience, and the way to do this is by wrapping the subject up in the mythical language of ‘rights’ and Orwellian control of language. Whoever controls the language controls the debate. Hence the non-biological word ‘fetus’ for the preborn child.
7. Castor oil - Statistically speaking it only works on 57% of women and causes lovely things like diarrhoea and sometimes, vomiting. The theory is that the cramps in the bowel set off contractions. Opinion is still out on whether castor oil causes babies to pass meconium in the womb but a) most women using castor oil are overdue and b) babies that are overdue are more likely to pass meconium, so you do the maths! WARNING : Please read the linked article before attempting and make sure you're fully informed on the safe methods to induce with castor oil.