Monday, August 04, 2008

participatory democracy

I find it amazing that people are sending in SMS replies to television polls on whether the Mehtas should be allowed to terminate their pregnancy.

I thought this was about a health complication in the first place, and that a medical debate on the legal aspects of abortion dealt only with the extent and probability of damage to the mother or foetus involved. To make this an issue of morality and, worse, a forum for random college students and bored office-goers to offer advice to two such clearly sentient and fully-functional adults as the Mehtas on a private matter, is befuddling.

The 24x7 poll, for example, called 'Whose Life Is It Anyway?' asks people if parents should be the sole decision makers in the matter of the abortion of a foetus.

... because clearly a better decision would involve the considered opinion of Nikhil, 16, Chandigarh and Retd Col. Anantharaman, 67, Bangalore?