An abortion buffer zone in Bournemouth was the subject of legal challenge at the High Court in London yesterday by Christian Concern and Livia Tossici-Bolt, a former clinical scientist.
A recent article in the UK Independent, titled “Mom documents at-home abortion to destigmatise abortion pills”, details a viral TikTok video where 24-year-old Monica, based in the United States, describes her at-home abortion.
It’s easy to claim that legalising abortion is the answer to women’s difficulties. Abortion is frequently presented as a simple and personal choice, but it’s not as simple as all that. Legalised abortion has a knock-on effect for everyone in society, not just for women with a crisis pregnancy. It’s something that Ireland has to think carefully about… Here’s a list of 7 consequences of abortion in the UK, after 50 years of its legalisation. On examination of the points below, how can it possibly be claimed that legalising abortion has progressed women’s rights? We must realise that, as well as the horror of abortion itself happening, there is nothing to prevent these consequences also occurring in Ireland.
One of five children, I was born in the late 1930s. Growing up in Ireland during the 1950s was happy, not drab and grey as we are currently led to believe. In the early 1960s, I emigrated to London with many Irish people. London was a lively place but, compared to now, it was a lot more difficult to travel to and from Ireland to visit family and friends so I often felt homesick. While training as a nurse, I met my husband. An articulate and well-read Englishman with an Irish mother and an English father, he was raised a Catholic.
It’s not exactly news. For many years now, the right to publicly protest has been coming under attack by people who are determined to shut down dissenting voices. You don’t actually need to be protesting to have your voice silenced – these days all you need is your publicly stated opinion that goes against the approved political view. So cake makers are fined in Northern Ireland for refusing to make a celebration cake for a gay wedding, a president a student socity of an Irish university is impeached simply for believing it’s wrong to kill unborn children, university pro-life and christian clubs are shut down simply for being pro-life and christian, a teacher in Cambridge is disciplined by his board and may lose his job for not referring to a transgender girl as a boy, and et cetera. And in another nuance on the possibilities of eroding democracy and shutting down free speech, there is the increasingly intense battle to put an end to peaceful prayer, protest and any presence at all by pro-life people outside abortion businesses.
This is an article I wish I didn’t have to write. A short time ago, September 22, 2017, we were all holding our breaths waiting for the results of a vote by 33 representatives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). As we guessed they would, they voted in favour of campaigning to see abortion decriminalized across the UK. This vote was no trivial matter.
Here’s a situation that is aggravating and bewildering: at a time when the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) is chronically underfunded, and the funds given to the most basic healthcare services are constantly being slashed, the same government has a £200 million budget to promote ‘reproductive and family planning’ (read: widespread use of contraceptives and abortion) education and services in developing countries. The logic, put simply, is as follows: poverty and all its accompanying symptoms can be significantly lessened by women the world over accepting and using contraception and abortion. When women are having just one or two children (pro-aborts are gleeful that this is almost invariable when women are educated) the world population will eventually go into decline, and thus the money will be spread more comfortably around everyone, eliminating poverty.
I see you have invited abortion provider Ann Furedi to Dublin for a chat on the theme of: ‘Abortion and how to help us navigate the Irish Catholic misogynist oppressive laws’. Or something ‘original’ like that. I am amazed at your hypocrisy and inconsistency, especially since I spent a year in your M.A. in Women’s Studies, Ailbhe, and Ann Furedi seems to represent everything that you used to criticise in UCD. Furedi is the epitome of patriarchal power and money and yet you’ve invited her to Dublin because she supposedly cares so much about Irish women. Not unless there’s a very patriarchal price tag with BPAS written on it. Ann Furedi _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ READ MY GUIDE TO FUREDI PATRIARCHAL POINTS OUT OF 10 AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN: 1. Furedi makes lots of patriarchal cash – forced from the UK taxpayer. Britons don’t have a say in these taxes and Furedi doesn’t seem to mind handling cash made from killing unborn babies. Ailbhe, I thought that you believed that forcing money from people was oppression? Funny, I’m sure that you used to say that in UCD. Furedi Patriarchal points: 10 – up there with trafficking of unborn baby body parts. 2. Furedi says that she’s all for women’s rights, once you’re not still in your mother’s womb. So all future women world leaders and feminists, is there any way you can bypass those nine intra-uterine months, because you will be more under threat there than probably in any other point in your lives. I’m certain that you talked about defending women leaders and feminists in UCD, Ailbhe. Did I hear you right? Now I’m beginning to wonder… Furedi Patriarchal points: 11 – too crazy for just 10 – total inconsistency. 3. Furedi also thinks that all unborn with disabilities are fair game to be eliminated. Now, Ailbhe, didn’t you used to talk about equality for all, when you were “lecturing” to us in UCD? Why, you even used to team up with the Equality Studies Centre in the university and brought in individuals with disabilities to talk to us. I’m thinking that they must have been in somebody’s womb at some stage. Ailbhe, I’m getting very confused at the way you keep on moving those goalposts… Furedi Patriarchal points: 10 – for sheer hypocrisy. 4. Despite being a “charity”, BPAS makes lots of profits and reports increasingly healthy profits every single year. It’s all about the money, money, money, Ailbhe, not about the women, women, women. I thought you used to get annoyed about women being exploited through various patriarchal institutions. You see why I’m becoming increasingly bewildered by your various inconsistent stances? Furedi Patriarchal Points: 9 – seeing as the BPAS is a “charity”. 5. Furedi gives the thumbs up to abortion FOR ANY REASON, up to birth. C’mon, Ailbhe. Is this really the statement of a reasonable woman? What if you change your mind about parenthood half-way through labour? Or remember you’re late for a hairdressing appointment? The clump of cells hasn’t become a human yet, as far as Furedi is concerned, so the “products of conception” are still fair game. Furedi Patriarchal points: 15 – as these are clearly the ramblings soundbites of a person in total denial of reality, I am at a total loss on what to say. Sad, isn’t it, the way Furedi needs money to make herself feel important. And I always thought that you said you had a problem with patriarchal symbols of power and oppression, Ailbhe? Speaking of salaries, I do hope that your little group isn’t paying for Furedi’s flight and hotel stay, seeing as the woman is on at least £115,000 a year. But if you are paying… well, what can I say? Yours etc.
Maria Horan M.A. Women’s Studies, B.A. Arts, H.Dip.Ed., H.Dip.R.E., Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach, B.A. Ed.
Last week, two huge abortion stories broke which should have been of major interest to the Irish media.
Firstly there were the revelations – uncovered by investigative journalist Kevin Jones – that a U.S. billionaire, George Soros, was secretly funding Irish abortion campaigners, with the specific aim of repealing the constitutional right to life of the unborn child.