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.
To spit in the face of another human being is a visible sign of contempt. Anyone witnessing such an act unquestionably knows there are no gray lines of ambiguity concerning the meaning of such an act. Even those witnessing it are impacted because the act is so vile.
During the course of a Dáil debate yesterday evening on the establishment of the Cervical Check Tribunal Bill 2019, Deputy Mattie McGrath made the following comments in relation to Minister Simon Harris:
With 30 as the average age of mothers now giving birth – ‘four years older than in the Seventies’ - the chairman of the British Fertility Society Dr Jane Stewart has ‘called for a shift in society, urging those hoping for children to start planning at a younger age, when their fertility was more secure’ (‘Put babies before your careers to avoid fertility “heartbreak”, couples told’, Telegraph, June 22, 2019).
In April 2018, the Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (FACS) Forum, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health to discuss the risks associated with the Epilepsy and Bipolar treatment drug marked and licensed in Ireland as Epilim.
For the abortion campaign it is important to sell the ideas of ‘choice’, ‘freedom’ and ‘rights’ because the reality is so horrible; the dream is really a nightmare, and even their most appealing campaigns tend to rebound against them, revealing the truth behind the spin.