Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Pro-abortionists' are aggressive, deluded and lacking in empathy

Barbara McCarthy

Published 21/09/2016 | 02:30

A pro-abortion supporter holds up a placard in front of the gates of the Irish Parliament building during a 2013 demonstration. Photo: Getty
A pro-abortion supporter holds up a placard in front of the gates of the Irish Parliament building during a 2013 demonstration. Photo: Getty

I won't be joining the #repealthe8th-ers at the pro-choice march in Dublin on Saturday because I'd feel like a phony. I'm not a card-carrying, jumper-wearing member of the 'pro-abortion' lobby and I'm finding myself less so as each day passes.

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They are what the pro-lifers were in the 70s and 80s - aggressive, lacking in empathy, deluded, and condescending. I shall elaborate - aggressive in their blanket dismissal of opinions that don't match theirs, apathetic in their feelings towards the unborn child, deluded in the fact that they think a right to abortion has something to do with 1916 among others things, and condescending of 'Catholic ideologist idiots' who don't follow their mantra.

Exaggeration has also been rampant in recent weeks. The earth-shattering story where a counsellor in a Dublin clinic warned an undercover reporter that she could get breast cancer from having an abortion made headlines. An organisation with direct links to a Catholic anti-abortion group, which is unregulated by Irish law, saying abortions could be dangerous - well I never. An online newspaper called the street where the clinic is housed a 'street of shame'. An entire street, no less.

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