Abortion debate in Ireland

(6 Posts)
CailinDana Wed 09-Jan-13 14:46:12

I thought this might be of interest. It's a good sign that the debate has started off in a civilised manner, although as the article states that might change with the testimony of the pro-life/choice advocacy groups. It seems somewhat sad to admit it but I was also pleased that rather than a string of men giving their views on this subject, the major people mentioned were mainly women (the Master of Holles street, a female TD, and a professor of psychiatry). Perhaps it's sexist in a way but I would expect the main voices to be those of women in this debate. I don't think men shouldn't contribute but I would be very angry if the whole hearing involved male TDs and doctors sitting around discussing something that will never ever affect them in the same way that it affects a woman.

PiccadillyCervix Wed 09-Jan-13 18:30:27

That's not sexist, I certainly would not expect to be allowed on to a hearing to debate issues regarding a man's penis that belong between him and his doctor such as vasectomy

LaCiccolina Wed 09-Jan-13 18:32:44

Often the specialists are men. Bugger all we can do about that. Just got to hope they see reason and allow abortion.

I'm pro.

SinisterSal Fri 11-Jan-13 21:04:21

Its interesting isn't it. I really feel the tide is turning on this one.
I found it interesting to compare the treatments of the abortion debates and SN other high profile Right to Die currently. That lady failed in her attempt for assisted suicide, due to the principle that no third party had the right over an other's life, and the normalisation effect, and the tacit expectation on vulnerable people that they shouldn't expect to 'put people out'. There are parallels.
I'm a reluctant pro choicer (aren't we all, I suppose? )

WantsToBeFree Sun 13-Jan-13 17:27:56

I'm not relectant.

I'm proud to be pro choice- it's a 100% conviction for me that abortion should be legal and safe. There's no reluctance in my mind.

Her body, her choice.

GunsAndRoses Wed 16-Jan-13 00:35:16

I am proud to be pro choice too. It is a personal decision and should be legal.

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