The indiscriminate and exploitative use of a dead woman's name, and her image, to push a controversial campaign - that she was never part of - continues. Yet the same campaigners ignore the tragic death of Aisha Chithira, writes NIAMH UÍ BHRIAIN
‘We haven’t changed our minds about offering compassion’: Irish pro-life advocates are remaining defiant in the face of threats to impose exclusion zones to ban prayer and peaceful protest outside of abortion centres.
So we marched in the Rally for Life not just in celebration of Life - and of Roe v Wade being overturned - but with defiance and hope in our hearts: for the right to life, for the courage to tell the truth, to reclaim the country that we love, for every baby, for every mother.
Yesterday, Labour TD, Ivana Bacik made an astonishing claim in the Dáil, saying that she had received “”troubling reports that anti-choice activists are obtaining info on appointment times of women accessing abortion”. She later tweeted a summary of this claim.
We are rapidly approaching a time when nobody living will remember what life was like before the sexual revolution. With the exception of scattered communities that have fought, with varying levels of success, to preserve their ways of life, traditional Christian culture as a civilizational phenomenon is dead in the West.
I wrote a column about the viral valedictorian speech on abortion by a Texas high school student last week, but I see the story is still getting attention—even internationally. Paxton Smith is being lauded as a courageous young woman by the likes of Hillary Clinton, and publications from The Guardian to the CBC have been eager to cover the speech and interview Smith. She’s got a political career if she wants one.
Readers may already be aware of the Turnaway study; a study that has been claimed to “prove” that women do not regret abortion, and that being denied an abortion could be more harmful to women, both physically and mentally. However, on reading the study itself, instead of relying on the media coverage and even the researcher's own summary, its clear that the results of the study paint a different picture to what has been portrayed. One key finding, that you will not often see, was that by the end of the study, 96% of women who were denied an abortion reported feeling that they no longer wished they had the abortion.
A new study has found that 70% of unintended pregnancies end in abortion in countries where it is broadly legal, while in countries where abortion is restricted, this happens only in 50% of the cases.