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Feb 02 2013

No you may not decide for you

The anti-abortion phalanx in Ireland is shouting louder than ever, according to the BBC.

The groups taking part – Youth Defence, Pro Life Ireland and the Catholic organisation, the Iona Institute – testify to the polemical nature of the debate here.

“Keep Your Promise!” they shout – a direct reference to a 2011 election pledge by the main party in Ireland’s coalition not to legislate for abortion.

Nice pledge – a “promise” to keep women enslaved by the physical fact that it’s possible to become pregnant without consent.

Nope, sorry, laydeez, tough shit. God gave you the equipment to become pregnant so if you do become pregnant you don’t get to complain that you didn’t mean to, that you don’t want to bear a child at this time, that it was an accident or coercion. No dice. Your plumbing, your choice; it’s too late to back out now. You should have thought of that before you were born female.

During mass, priests across the country stress the importance of every human being’s right to life from the moment of conception until natural death.

While many Catholics remain devoted to the church’s official position, some of those I spoke to after a service at St Theresa’s Church in Dublin feel conflicted.

“It is unfair of the Catholic religion to impose their views,” said one of the few churchgoers who would talk, stating that she was not in favour of abortion.

“That said, I think the mother has the right to decide,” she added.

During mass, priests across the country talk sanctimonious bullshit, but even some churchgoers manage to maintain a grip on some shred of reasonable practical ethics.

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  1. 1
    Nepenthe

    During mass, priests across the country stress the importance of every human being’s right to life from the moment of conception until natural death.

    Well, what you have to understand is that for women, natural death includes bleeding to death in an alley or obstetrics ward.

  2. 2
    Ophelia Benson

    Zing. Right on the nose.

  3. 3
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Every official Catholic operative should be required to take the vow of silence.

  4. 4
    Eric MacDonald

    They’re at it everywhere. Religion is raising its ugly head in Ireland, the UK, the US (in spades), and in infidel Canada. I used to think that religion had learned to be socially responsible, and willing to accept a secular order so as to keep the peace between keeping faiths. But now it seems less and less likely that the good sense of the 17th century settlement is going to hold. What a sad day for the world, because this is clearly a world wide trend, and it is affecting practically every secular democratic country (theocratic countries are already screwed). How do we effectively oppose this new religious madness that seems to be upon us?

  5. 5
    sailor1031

    “…but even some churchgoers manage to maintain a grip on some shred of reasonable practical ethics”

    Yet they remain in thrall to RCC Inc. They stay and do not protest. They are enabling a criminal enterprise that could not survive without their support. They are as responsible as the priests.

    @Eric; I always thought the french solution at the end of the 18th Century a good one. But they didn’t go far enough. It’s truly depressing that this is happening in Canada too.

  6. 6
    sceptinurse

    What kills me about these loons is that “until natural death” part. If they were having a stroke or heart attack and someone looked at them and said “Oh, looks like natural death to me sayanora” they would have an absolute cow that someone wasn’t going to try and save their sorry ass.

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