OPINION: Abortion Is ALWAYS A Tragedy
On the 26th of May this year, Southern Ireland, by way of a referendum, voted to legalise abortions. This change in law will mean that a woman is entitled to have an abortion before the cut off time of twelve weeks, whether or not there is any risk to her own life.
Despite what you might think, I’m not about to go into my own views on the morality of abortion.
I simply want to point out two things. One, that I find it beyond repulsive that people, mainly women, were rejoicing, crying tears of happiness and hugging one another in the street when the result came out. You’d have thought they were cheering their team winning a football match. That sort of behaviour as a reaction to the vote was undignified, and quite frankly, it made me feel a little sick.
Because abortion, in every case, is a tragedy.
Some women are put in horrific situations when it comes to pregnancy; they can be a victim of rape, find out the child has a fatal condition or that their own life is seriously at risk. Disturbingly, there are also situations in which abortion is used as a form of contraception, and very little regard is given to what would become a child, a person.
But no matter what the circumstances, how can anyone jump for joy at the thought of a little life being extinguished from the world?
The second thing that I find objectionable in this debate is the euphemistic and quite frankly misleading language used by everyone on the YES side, including pro-abortion politicians. They keep talking about how the vote was a triumph because women could now ‘have a say in what happens to their own bodies’ and that ‘women’s healthcare is now becoming a priority.’ Not once have I heard anyone actually acknowledging that this is in fact all about winning the right to kill your unborn child. Or even use the clinical term ‘abort the foetus’. Nobody is using this language, because they are conveniently distancing themselves from the reality of it all.
My message to these women who are openly revelling in the result of the referendum, including these preachy politicians who continue to passionately defend the decision, is show a little dignity. Show a little compassion. And never forget that abortion is always a tragedy, not something to celebrate.