I believe in freedom of choice, within certain limits to be sure, so long as no-one is adversely affected by the choices I make, I don’t see how it’s the business of anyone particularly the state and the powers that be just what the hell I do with my life. I guess it’s a case of “responsible” freedom of choice.
Abortion, one of the more controversial issues of our times, though carried out throughout the ages often enough for women by women, though lately enough these days by all sexes in abortion clinics. I’m not going to get into the supposed rights or wrongs of abortion though, it’s legal and a matter of freedom of conscience for those involved, what I do object to though is others taking more than a disapproving attitude towards it if they object to what is being done…
An activist claims to have hacked into the website of Britain’s largest abortion clinic.
He claims to have the ‘entire database and contact details’ of women who had contacted the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and warned that information would be released today.
BPAS has been quick to reassure women who have had treatment that he would have been unable to access any medical or personal information about them, saying there is no danger their names were about to be made public.
Yesterday the unnamed activist wrote a message on Twitter claiming he had ‘hacked’ into the website of BPAS, which sees 50,000 women a year. ‘Database dump will be released tomorrow [Friday]’ he added.
When another user of the website suggested his claims were untrue, he wrote: ‘Wrong. We have their entire database and customers’ contact details.’
Now if this “hacker” wanted to protest about abortion, that’s his right, what he (I’m assuming that anyone using a pseudonym of Pablo Escobar is male) is doing though is exposing the details of people whom he doesn’t know, whose circumstances he doesn’t know to the glare of publicity. There are many reasons why a woman will choose to have an abortion and they are not all to do with having been careless, there are often sound medical reasons for the procedure and although there are many reasons for objecting to the procedure too, what you don’t have is the right to expose a clinics clients to the glare of public exposure, under any circumstances as you don’t know if the woman involved actually had an abortion or was just merely enquiring.
Freedom to choose should not mean that you are absolved of the freedom to take the consequences (though don’t get me started on lenient judges) The hacker might be a hero to some in some circles, but in essence he’s a thief, he’s not even exposing criminal activity (in the laws eyes) to public scrutiny as an investigative journalist would be doing to uncover corruption. What he’s doing is causing more heartache and stress to a lot of women who may have felt they had nowhere else to go and deeply grieve what they did.