In the last few days coming up to the elections on Friday, I am still very frustrated that there is still so much abstract rhetoric about the abortion issue in Ireland.
Last week, I saw a 43 year old woman (on a tv election debate) saying this issue was first brought up during her inter/ junior cert year. After all these decades, it still has not been addressed fully.
Its almost as if they conveniently forget, that a normal gestational period is only nine months!
What I object to most, is the Maud Flanders like people, trying to steer the conversation to quite a dark place.
Yesterday, I heard a woman spouting out her loaded statistics, about 693 babies with Down Syndrome, being aborted in Britain last year.
From my own experience, I would almost consider it criminal to give birth to a child with disabilities, which would make Down Syndrome look almost healthy by comparison.
Life is tough enough, without having to fight your own body every day and exist through the kindness of family, or the paid commitment of strangers.
I am someone with multiple disabilities myself and I am very tired of the conversation being abused in this way.
Heartstrings are tugged and the conversation is derailed. What can pro choice people say in these situations, without sounding absolutely heartless?
Am I letting down people with disabilities? I think not!
We cannot abort our way to a disability free world, but the existence that occurs after exiting the womb, is far more important than what happens inside it.
For me its a fundamental issue, that speaks volumes about a persons mentality. If they are anti choice, they are almost certainly ideologically brainwashed.
I remember someone saying to me, with their head held high and cheeks proudly puffed, how “pro-life” they were. I asked her for €50, as I was going out. She was “pro-life” right and I am living. I think you know how it ended! Her pious words were empty and meaningless.
We are still exporting the problems brought by unwanted pregnancies, forcing thousands of Irish women every year, to go abroad to the UK.
Its scandalous that Irish women have to undergo so many invasive psychiatric and medical evaluations, even though time is not on their side. Its only nine months after all.
I certainly feel that after decades of hurtful language, gloomy prophecies and other worldly intercessions, that the time is now for change!