3,679 Women


3,679

Such an interesting number. It could mean anything, but in this case? It is the cost of Catholicism in Ireland. Another cost.

See? This is the number of women travelling to the UK for an abortion. The number has fallen by 8 percent since the previous year which is hailed by the Life Institute (Catholic Pro-lIfers in Ireland) as a victory but more sensible groups such the IFPA (Irish Family Planning Association) point out that since UK clinics do abortions anonymously, that the 8% simply may be “off the books”. Certainly? The attitude in the UK is that pro-life is daft and that women should not be punished for seeking out basic healthcare.

These women are not criminals but the Irish Law treats them as such due to the Catholic Church’s presence in Ireland. These women are denied basic healthcare services because a bunch of old men in silly hats whose only qualifications are Latin and No Sex are influencing healthcare decisions.

And the Life Institute may crow over the 8 percent fall in “travel abortions” and the overall 45 percent fall over 12 years but it isn’t due to the Pro-Lifers or the Catholics. See? It was illegal to buy contraception in Ireland between 1935 an 1978. Some of the earliest feminists were condom smugglers. Seriously. They would travel to Northern Ireland where they were legal and smuggle them into Ireland. The reality of this however was that most people in Ireland could not afford or find contraception.

By 1980 Condoms were legally available. You had to have a doctor’s prescription. Which meant that condoms as a means of stopping casual pregnancy were pretty much impossible to acquire.

Condoms and contraception was fully legalised in 1993. The fall in women travelling to the UK for abortions began then. Not because of pro-lifers but because of us baby murdering, female independence  respecting pro-choicers.

While the Catholic Church still treats abortion as a crime and still churns out insane quackery in order to oppose medicine by claiming that abortions cause depression (No, dickheads telling women who have abortions that they are baby murderers, bad mothers and are going to hell cause depression), cancer (What? No! Ironically? The OCP increases life expectancy in women). The fact of the matter is simple.

Abortion is highly restricted in Ireland. This creates entrenched poverty in some parts and a lack of social mobility. This means that there has to be a roaring trade in illicit medication and abortions within.

Hell I know of a case where a woman told her GP that she was going to take a drug (that causes abortion) and the GP advised her of side effects and safety rather than encouraging her to not take it. Doctors themselves are hellbent on women getting abortions to the point they are willing to advise women how to not harm themselves while using specific medical abortifactants. A little birdie tells me that it costs around 50 to 80 euros in Ireland for these drugs. And from my experience in the Philippines? It is almost guaranteed that there are non-medical abortions taking place within Ireland.

Coat Hanger Abortions to you.

The same applies to Northern Ireland. At least contraception is more easily available but frankly? The way abortion is treated in Ireland is solely because of religion. In order to satisfy religious people we deny women (and by we, I mean the UK and Ireland) basic access to medicine that is considered vital. Until the NHS offers

Comments

  1. sammywol says

    Part of me wonders if that 8% drop has something to do with the fact that for the last year there has been an abortion clinic in the North of Ireland, something which the god bothering arses up there are less than happy about, but it does make for a shorter, cheaper journey.

    The contraceptive smuggling thing: is that a reference to the condom train in the 70s? If so then smuggling was not really the point. Great article at
    http://educationforchoice.blogspot.ie/2013/01/have-you-heard-about-condom-train.html
    describes the day. They marched up to the checkpoint in Dublin and loudly declared their purchases. The point was to make an unseemly noise and to ‘get caught’ doing what was common and accepted practice anyway. Really Ireland’s history of sexual health and reproductive choice makes ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ look like a properly rational system.

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