Madam -- Eilis O'Hanlon, (Sunday Independent, February 26, 2012), accurately highlights how the title of the Private Member's Bill introduced into the Dail by Clare Daly, TD is "riven with euphemistic emotional blackmail".
The Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Cases of Risk to Life of Pregnant Women) Bill grossly misrepresents current medical practice in Ireland where the mother's life already takes precedence over her unborn child. The title of the Bill suggests that women are at risk of being denied necessary medical treatment during pregnancy. Ireland, in fact, is one of the world leaders in safety for women during pregnancy.
Those advocating the introduction of abortion into Ireland claim to be pro-women. Why then can these advocates almost universally refuse to accept that abortion may have negative consequences for the woman and her unborn child? Those who have made attempts towards pro-life musings tend to be immediately ousted by the sisterhood for their betrayal. Regardless of medical evidence such as the negative psychological consequences following abortion and the stories of woman hurt by abortion, the feminist camp are content with the tunnel vision of their mantra of choice.
As we approach International Women's Day next week it is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what it really means to be pro-woman. Pioneers of the feminist movement such as Susan. B Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton who introduced suffrage into the US believed that women have inalienable rights. These women were also passionately pro-life and believed abortion had negative consequences on woman.
To be radically pro-woman one must consider in this discussion all of the consequences of abortion. The pursuit of best practice and evidence-based care is essential and such measures should never be abandoned or replaced by ideological wiles.
Blackrock, Co Dublin