Bryony Gordon says the advocates of restrictive American abortion laws ‘claim to want to honour life, only for them to disregard it once it has been born’, and dismiss ‘the needs of women who have been made pregnant by their rapists'
There are very few intelligent arguments in favor of legal abortion, but there are very few as exceptionally stupid as the one fired at me on Twitter yesterday by “ProChoicePEI,” who describes herself as a “Pro-choice advocate, feminist. Exposing the hypocrisy and misinformation of the ‘pro-life’ movement on PEI.” My colleague made the point that the UN Declaration of Human Rights demands that countries recognize the, “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” So while she was exposing us really hard by protesting the imagery we use to expose abortion, ProChoicePEI said this: “at the expense of women’s rights to autonomy, security of the person, reproductive health, protection from gender violence?”
Many Irish people were previously unaware that a controversy arose this week when a US politician, Todd Akin, spoke insensitively about rape victims while answering a question about abortion. Mr Akin provoked a storm when he said in relation to abortion and rape that: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”. The use of the dreadful phrase “legitimate rape” caused particular controversy, and must have surely been hurtful to rape survivors. The bottom line is that rape is rape, and there can be no equivocation – unintended or otherwise – in how we view this violation.
Last week I was a guest on the popular TV3 programme, Tonight with Vincent Browne, to discuss Ireland’s pro-life laws, and the potential rift arising in the government on the abortion issue. Abortion campaigners have spent the last two months growing ever more apoplectic at the efficacy of the advertising campaign produced by Life Institute/Youth Defence. Now they are furious that politicians are responding to the huge volume of phone calls opposing abortion they’re receiving from the public. The concept of democracy is as alien to these self-styled ‘pro-choicers’ as the recognition that an unborn baby has rights and is deserving of compassion and protection.
Niamh Ui Bhriain of the Life Institute has an important article on LifeSiteNews this week. She explains why abortion legislation was not brought forward in the aftermath of the X case, points to the current global push to see abortion legalised in Ireland, and explains what we need to do now to stop that happening. “It was a Planned Parenthood lawyer, Julie Kay, who described Ireland as “the jewel in the crown” of the pro-life movement. Little wonder then, that the international abortion industry, understanding the global significance of Ireland’s ban on abortion, are pouring their vast resources into plans to see abortion legalised here.