Getting Started

Freedom from or Freedom for abortion.

It strikes me that there are only two stances in relation to the abortion question.

a) Those who say we should be free to choose abortion and
b) Those who say we should be free to live in a world without it.

Those who say that it should be available in limited circumstances would presumably never force someone
to have an abortion. Rather it should be the individuals choice in the difficult circumstances.

a)Each individual should be able to choose what to do with their own bodies. We could suggest that people, if they object to abortion, should avoid it. But their personal objections should not impose on another's personal freedoms to choose as they please.

b)On the other hand we can recognise the humanity and dignity of the unborn in utero (in the womb) and that to acknowledge abortion as a legitimate procedure undermines the freedom of the unborn. Essentially, that abortion is not really a choice we are free to make.

It seems to be a matter of Autonomy of the Mother Vs. Autonomy of the baby.

At what stage does human life begin?

Monday, October 8, 2012

New "Choose Life" Video

Take a look at this great video which takes account of a wide variety of people with different backrounds and how they view abortion.

Friday, April 20, 2012

University Students Challenge National Student Body on Abortion

Questioning the Union of Students of Ireland position on Abortion

The Union of Students of Ireland (hereafter USI) has for some time advanced the worthy cause of women’s rights. However the USI’s current position on abortion neither advances the cause of women nor does it represent the views of Irish students. The USI describes on its website, under the heading “Gender Equality Campaigns”, its position as follows:

To fight for full reproductive justice for women in Ireland In Ireland, inequality is still rife against women. In no other area is this more evident that [sic] in the area of sexual and reproductive rights. Over 5000 women per year are exported to England and Europe in order to access safe and legal abortion, women experiencing crisis pregnancies are often subjected to rogue agencies who use methods of torture and abuse to direct women’s [sic] decision making and girls in crisis situations [sic] cannot avail of the morning after pill over the counter. The USI Gender Equality Campaign believes that a woman is entitled to have full decision making power over her reproductive system and to this end we campaign against the current system which discriminates against and endangers the lives of women.

While equality and personal freedom of women is certainly something which should be of onsideration to the USI, we contend that the promotion of an agenda which supports abortion is not representative of the views of students whom they represent nor is it in the best interests of the students of Ireland.

Recent national polls show strong support for legal protection of unborn life.[1] Of the most recent poll, people in the age bracket 18-24, of which students would make up a large part, 85% favoured legal protection of the unborn. This figure is higher than the national average.[2]

Apart from the fact that the current stance of the USI does not represent the opinions of the students, its statements regarding abortion are inaccurate. The quotation above which reports that over “5000 women per year are exported to England and Europe…” is inaccurate and would appear to reduce the women travelling to a “product.” In fact the number is closer to 4000 and has reduced each year since 2001.[3] Furthermore there is no evidence to suggest that access to abortion is safer for pregnant women. On the contrary this country, where abortion is illegal, is the safest country in the world in which to be pregnant.[4]

Aside from the unwillingness of the USI to acknowledge the dignity of the unborn child, the principal offence committed by the USI is their failure to recognise the enormous amount of psychological and emotional trauma experienced by a large number of women who have had abortions. Surely knowledge of this information is in the best interests of the student body. A recent study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which drew together a large number of studies which discussed the psychological effects of abortion, found that women who had had abortions
were 81% more likely to experience mental health problems than those who did not.[5] This study took into account many highly reputable studies included the Fergusson Study which was carried out over a period of 25 years.

Following this we request that the USI take the following actions:

1. Remove the inaccurate and insensitive description of its abortion campaign from its website.
2. Cease campaigning on the issue of abortion, since it neither represents nor is in the best interests of the students in this country.
3. Provide information to students about the possible negative consequences of abortion.

In order for the USI to be considered truly representative of those whom its claims to represent these changes must be implemented. We look forward to action in this regard.

-Written with the support of the all societies present at annual meeting of Pro-Life Societies,
March 31st 2012, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

[1] Millward, Brown, Lansdowne poll, September 2011. Excluding those who answered “Don’t know,” 78% favoured protection and 22% did not.
[2]Those who don’t know or had no option are excluded from this figure.
[3] Cf. Johstons Abortion Archive, Historical Abortion Statistics, “Ireland,” actual
figures are closer to 20% less.
[4] Report on Maternal Mortality, UN, UNFPA, World Health Organisation 2010.
[5] Priscilla K. Coleman, Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research, published 1995–2009 BJP September 2011

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Expert Group "A great opportunity to reaffirm the dignity of human life."

Pro Life Campaign Says Expert Group on Abortion Presents Opportunity to Clarify Key Ethical DistinctionsThe establishment by the Government of the Expert Group on abortion presents an opportunity to clarify important ethical distinctions in this area, the Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has said.The Government this evening announced the members of the 14-member group from the medical, legal and nursing professions, in response to the A, B and C v. Ireland ruling on abortion from the European Court of Human Rights in 2010. The Expert Group will be chaired by Mr Justice Seán Ryan and has to report back to Government within six months with options on how to implement the judgment of the European Court.In a statement responding to the announcement, spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign, Dr Ruth Cullen said:“The establishment of the expert group presents a genuine opportunity to re-affirm the ethical distinction between necessary medical interventions in pregnancy and induced abortion, which intentionally targets the life of the baby.“Pro-choice activists are falsely claiming that Ireland is obliged to introduce abortion following the European Court of Human Rights decision. In reality, the court recognised the right of the Irish people to decide on the issue.“It is also of critical importance that the new expert group take account of the latest peer-reviewed research, published in leading periodicals, which highlights the negative psychological effects of abortion for many women.”EndsThe Composition of Expert Group on Abortion is as follows;The Group will be chaired by Mr. Justice Seán Ryan and consist of thirteen other members;Dr Peter Boylan, Consultant Obstetrician and GynaecologistDr Mary Holohan, Consultant Obstetrician and GynaecologistDr Imelda Ryan, Psychiatrist,Dr Ailish Ni Riain, General PractitionerDr Mark Walsh, General PractitionerMs Christine O’Rourke, Office of the Attorney GeneralMs Mary O’Toole, Senior CounselMs Joanelle O’Cleirigh, SolicitorMs Denise Kirwin, SolicitorDr. Deirdre Madden, Medical CouncilDr Maura Pidgeon, An Bord AltranaisDr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of HealthMr Bernard Carey, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health

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