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Abortion in Ireland

Since I can remember, the question of legalising abortion in Ireland has never been too far from the public and governments minds at any one time. It's quite shocking, that in 2012, in a period of unprecedented openness and acceptance of so many beliefs, religions, rituals, races and preferences that we, as a nation, still feel the right, to lecture women on such a fundamental part of their human rights. I want to make it absolutely clear from the offset of a few things, as the "Pro Life" / Anti Choice camp would have you believe that I am a baby murderer simply because of my quite rational views. I love life, I want to be a parent someday. I believe in the protection of children, I do not want a scenario of "abortion on demand" right up until the ninth month and I am not a child murderer.

Now with those quite exaggerated points out of the way I want to deal in a few facts, not from a moral stance, which is what the Anti Choice camp deal in, but from a point where I treat a woman with a pregnancy issue like a human being and not some pod from which a child is ejected. The Anti Choice camp seem intent on producing supposed stats around how safe this country is to have a child in. They are also intent on bludgeoning us all into submission by constantly arguing, that there is no evidence to prove that a rape victim who happens to be impregnated by her attacker will commit suicide, if she is forced to keep the baby.

So where do I start? Firstly, they believe they have the right to lecture a woman on what she can and can not do with her body by dealing in the absence of evidence, as opposed to having real evidence of their own. Secondly you will find that many of the "pro life" contingent are of the conservative religious persuasion, the same group of people who persecuted single mothers and their children until very recently, some might say they still do. All of a sudden we are supposed to believe that they care for their rights. I also detest the tone and language used by them, we often hear exaggerated and inflammatory language used to put down those in favour of choice for our fellow women citizens and guilt trip those considering such a move. Just today a "pro life" woman on a well known news site accused those who availed of abortion and those who support it of being immature.

Whatever about offering abortion to the general female population, as an option up until a certain period in their pregnancy, I find it absolutely stomach churning to think, that in 2012, a group of people in Ireland, can fathom staring at a rape victim straight in the face, should she be impregnated as a result of the crime committed against her, and tell her a) that they know best what she should do with her body, no matter what the outcome for her life and mental health and b) that the foetus of a rapist has more rights than her following such a horrendous act. This is quite sickening, that in possibly the worst time of a woman's life, people want to dictate to her what to do with her body, so to ensure that she never forgets about the crime committed against her.

So let's be very clear. The "Pro Life" campaign want to enforce their will upon women, to ensure that even post criminal acts, women use their bodies in line with their beliefs and objectives. They do not care about the woman's wants, needs, rights or health, as long as they get their wish. The "Pro Life" Campaign is dominated by conservative, religious groups who have a history of abusing women's rights and abusing children physically. Finally the "Pro Life" campaign do not care about a woman's mental or physical health and would jeopardise both in thousands of women for the sake of their moral stance. 

It is high time that we stopped dodging this issue and stopped exporting this problem. If a woman chooses to abort, it is not a decision that would be taken lightly. How dare other third parties, who have never had to make such a decision, lecture women on such an issue. There has to be a middle ground in this scenario, certainly the victims of crime and those women whose health (both physical and mental) is in jeopardy is a good place to start with legislation. Let's treat women with the respect they deserve, once and for all!

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