Monday 24 July 2017

Women just want right to make their own choices, good or bad

A pro-choice protester at the annual ‘Rally for Life’ march last Saturday. Photo: Fergal Phillips
A pro-choice protester at the annual ‘Rally for Life’ march last Saturday. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Fiona Ness

They say it takes a village to raise a child. To abort one could soon be no one else's business but your own.

We girls were called to the school hall. It could only mean one of two things: rubella jabs or period talk. It was 1992 and I was a 15-year-old at a mixed gender Catholic high school in Scotland's industrial belt. Ours was a society of mixed religion, race and opportunity, marbled with the gristle of Celtic versus Rangers.

In a high school year-group of 250 pupils where girls did woodwork and boys did home economics, and PE was a maelstrom of gym pants (us) and bare torsos (them), segregation of girls and boys wasn't a thing. But on this day only the girls were filing into the hall and we didn't know why.

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