On May 25, Ireland voted in favor of appealing their 8th amendment, passed in 1983, which addressed the equal right to life of unborn children and their mothers. The results were announced the following morning, to reactions of cheers, celebrations, and tears. These were happy tears from the pro-choice crowd, shed because while the country once allowed for abortion only when the mother’s life was at risk, legislation will now be introduced to allow for abortion for any reason for up to 12-weeks of pregnancy, and up until 6 months for vague reasons.
The pro-choice crowd has acknowledged that abortion is a difficult decision to make, but a woman’s decision to make all the same. At least, they used to. Pro-choicers might say that they are celebrating “choice” or “freedom,” but those are euphemisms.
Just as the pro-choice side has acknowledged that abortion is a difficult decision, they likewise ought to announce that there is nothing worth celebrating to it. Post-abortion women and those considering abortion might not feel much, if anything, about their pregnancy. Nobody purposefully gets pregnant just to have an abortion, though. Thus, an abortion, occurs because something that the woman didn’t intend on happening (the pregnancy) happened, and she does not wish to go through with it. This is an objective, undeniable view of abortion, no matter one’s view on the issue.
Those celebrating then are celebrating for something unintended to happen to women, for them to have to be put into a difficult decision, one which might endanger their health and well-being, one which they might come to regret. This is in addition to how in celebrating what will inevitably bring about more abortions, they are celebrating the death of innocent unborn children, who are unique individuals already beginning to develop from the moment they are conceived.
The abortion movement has misled society time and time again, especially and including women they claim to represent. This is true in the United States, where Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano—the “Roe” and “Doe” of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton—were misled by their legal teams in favor of getting the Court to legalize abortion on-demand in all 50 states, through all nine months of pregnancy. It’s true in Ireland, as well.
Abortion advocates decry pro-life laws and nations as anti-women, neglecting to mention that maternal mortality rates in pro-life Ireland were the envy of the world. The deceit doesn’t stop there, though. In Ireland, groups such as Amnesty International and Together for Yes, sold abortion as good for society. Amnesty spoke of “compassion, respect, dignity and equality.” Together for Yes claimed abortion would create “a more compassionate Ireland.” Sadly, the people of Ireland bought it.
Even if the people of Ireland wish to liberalize their abortion laws more so, perhaps to allow for more exceptions, there is certainly legislation to propose which is less extreme than the one at hand. Why wasn’t that considered, if the bottom line was to be “more compassionate,” and not to further the abortion cause?
And who, exactly, is abortion “more compassionate” for? Certainly not the unborn child, whose death by abortion is grisly and gruesome, no matter when in term or through what method. A former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, explains what a D&C abortion entails here in an interview with Lila Rose, president of Live Action.
Is abortion “more compassionate” for women? Not truly, not when, as already mentioned, these women are faced with unintended and frightening events in their lives, and one of their options is a cheap, quick fix. The pro-life movement certainly mourns for the lives lost to abortion, but even if they don’t consider the lives of those unborn children, those in the pro-choice movement shouldn’t be celebrating either. For what they’re celebrating is hard choices, as well as the pain and regret which often follows with it, for the women they claim to be in support of.
[Today's guest post by Rebecca Downs is part of our paid blogging program.]