Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby
A concept of soul must be pivotal to say 80 per cent of participants in the ethical debate about abortion. Yet it is studiously avoided in the letters pages of the mass media.If they did not treat ‘soul’ like a four-letter word, we would read questions like the following: Is the soul created from sperm and egg? When does it enter a foetus? Does it matter if it returns to whence it came, as the result of abortion?
Would the media fear the wrath of religious hierarchies, who would perceive a threat to their narratives and power?
Whom else might they fear to rub the wrong way, if the ‘soul’ concept is brought into other ethical debates? We are effectively censored through the media.