Regular readers of my blog might get a strange sense of deja vu if you happened to cast your eyes over my Irish Times column on Friday June 29th entitled "Facts still sacred despite Ireland's spectrum of conflicting views an abortion". The reason for this nagging sense of familiarity is because it is essentially a more formal version of a blog post I did on abortion last year. So why tackle it again ? Perhaps because these charming posters have started to pop up all over Ireland for Youth Defence's latest super expensive exercise in manipulation and guilt tactics...
|Oh boy... here we go. Again. Thank you so much, youth defence|
So yet again, an Irish solution to an Irish problem.
Not only are the ads incredibly misleading, they are also emotionally manipulative and factually inaccurate. And that is exactly the idea behind them; shame and scare. Now, I am prochoice but I respect the right of anyone to be against abortion on ethical or personal groups. But I reserve huge levels of fiery, dripping, biologically hazardous contempt for anyone who tries to justify their ideological position with bald faced lies and tries to bend science to fit their agenda, rather than the other way around, something I've tackled before. In my Irish Times article, I make the following points and back them up with plenty of research.
- Abortion does NOT cause lasting psychological trauma. Provided the woman was psychologically sound before the termination, It does NOT lead to depression, suicide or any other malady of that nature.
- Post abortion syndrome (PAS) does not exist; the scientific consensus is that abortion does not do psychological damage.
- Unsurprisingly research indicates that women who come from background where abortion is condemned are more likely to suffer short term negative effects like guilt. This is as a result of the stigma, not the act itself
- Abortion does NOT reduce fertility or cause problems with future conception
- Abortion does NOT lead to breast cancer, or any other cancer for that matter.
- Claims by Youth defence and others of their ilk to be concerned about women are at best misguided, and at worst absolutely positively cynical, hollow and untrue. The dark irony is that they increase the suffering of the very women they claim to care about. The even darker side is that Youth defence are almost certainly aware of this.
Of course, abortion is still hugely taboo in Ireland despite the fact that the majority of people support relaxing abortion laws. So naturally, it got some religious fire and brimstone whackjobs which you'll see on the thread. What is unsurprising is anti-choicers tried vigorously to argue that there was no scientific consensus by citing debunked or non-applicable studies, in between howling with rage and comparing 'pro-aborts' to Hitler. What really heartened me, however, was how quickly these shallow attempts at creating a distraction were hulk-smashed by other Irish posters; just have a look -
|Only a matter of Time before someone tried the mispresenting Gissler attack - expertly countered by Nick Beard here|
|Rex O'Dea nicely summing up the discredited Coleman study|
|Someone needs to give Nick Beard a highfive for that....|
|Again, Rex O'Dea debunks yet another attempt to muddy waters|
|To quote Inigo Montoya; "I do not think that word means what you think it means!"|
|This cracked me up. Thanks, blacked out person. I AIM to please! *Gets coat*|
|Vive la Liberal agenda ! Same guy went on to prove Godwin's law about 3 posts later..|
|One of the better photoshop protests!|