After Ireland’s large ‘Yes’ turnout of voting to repeal the Eighth Amendment that gives unborn children equal rights to life as that of the mother, I noticed the following article on Irish Central stating how the No side’s “disturbing posters” showed a “complete lack of empathy for women” (see screen snapshot highlighted text) yet showed a ‘No’ poster stating that “97% of abortions are on healthy babies” (highlighted with green frame in snapshot). Niall O’Dowd, the article’s author, and the politician he quoted probably did not realize the complete lack of empathy their position has for babies.
One of the major complaints the Pro-Choice side had for the Eighth Amendment was that it made it difficult to get an abortion in the case of a terminally ill fetus, which could kill the mother if it was not aborted. They cited some cases where women suffered psychological trauma or stress trying to get an abortion to terminate a baby that they thought would die.
However, most abortions are not done to save the life of the mother. The 97% healthy baby statistic is true and likely comes from a survey called, “An Overview of Abortion in the United States” (2001), done by the Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health and the Alan Guttmacher Institute .
The statistic was 3% for the choice of “Unborn child has possible health problems” as the reason for why women chose to have an abortion. The wording of that choice makes it clear that the baby only has possible health problems and may not be terminally ill. A more recent statistic (c. 2012) puts the rate at less than 1% of abortions are performed to save the life of the mother .
In my conversations and research with Pro-Choice people, I’ve found they often cite rare extreme cases and use sensationalist attitudes, especially for the right to freedom/freewill or the right to be in charge of one’s own body. These kinds of viewpoints obviously neglect to give sufficient right of life to the unborn child.
I’m also dismayed to see many people talk about the right to choose abortion as an issue of men controlling women or that of the church controlling women. These kinds of viewpoints also ignore the value of an unborn child and seem to be excessive expressions of freewill and anger against men, religion, or being controlled in general.
Most Pro-Choice arguments I’ve seen exaggerate the need to make abortions legal by citing extreme rare cases and by using viewpoints that ignore the fact that an unborn child is a living person that should be given the same regard for livelihood as the mother is given.
Even if we include stats from the 2001 survey to include cases where the mother has health problems that endanger the pregnancy, the number of babies aborted for other reasons is 94%. That is still 94% of abortions being performed on healthy babies.
Why is it the world cannot or chooses not to see the immorality of killing healthy children? If we put the 94% on the 1.72 billion estimated number of abortions done worldwide since America legalized it in 1973 , that is about 1.6 billion healthy babies terminated. That is 22% of the estimated world population today of 7.2 billion – over one-fifth of the world population.
If some kind of public crisis was killing over one-fifth of the population in less than two generations (I used an average of 25 years for a generation), there would be no question from anyone that something needs to be done to fix the problem. Instead, people keep arguing over lesser issues, like personal freedom or perceived fears for oneself or one’s standard of life, without giving enough consideration to the future of living, healthy children. It seems that unborn children being out of sight also makes them out of mind.
Another cause for concern is the large number of people who returned to Ireland from abroad and the number of young people rallying to repeal the Eighth Amendment. The dedication to vote is not the problem. It is the very fervent wish to do away with a commonsense law protecting life, so that Ireland can move towards making abortions easily available that is concerning. People have let rare cases sensationalized by media and very outspoken people feed fears of losing personal liberties or even their lives if abortion isn’t allowed.
Some fears are real, such as in the account of a pregnant Irish widow with health problems that made it risky to have a baby . She thought she would not live through it. That fear and the fear of leaving her existing children without a parent made her seek an abortion. It was denied because her life was not at immediate risk. However, she ended up delivering a healthy daughter with the help of doctors after a very difficult delivery.
Afterwards, she still said she would terminate the baby if she had the choice to do it again, because it was a very difficult ordeal she didn’t want others to go through. I wonder in some years’ time after her new child grows up, will she still think that aborting her would have been the right choice? I’ve heard from more than one person who survived an abortion. They are grateful to be alive, and I’m sure the widow’s daughter will express the same attitude for having life.
Many people have very difficult, life threatening pregnancies and deliveries. I wouldn’t allow abortion freely just because people fear dying or going through something difficult. You cannot know the outcome and betting a child’s life to try and ensure your survival isn’t the right choice in my mind.
As a parent and having heard from many parents, I would give my life so my children would live. And as a person of faith I would give all my difficulties to God and trust Him to bring me through and take care of my family if I do die. All I need to do is pray with faith and ask for God’s help. This is how many miracles happen, though I have also seen God take care of me and other people before we came to faith.
If you don’t have faith, then consider again the choice of saving your life or your child’s. Most of the time we don’t have to think about this because the number of at-risk pregnancies is low if we remember the percentage of abortions being performed for health reasons . But if something happens, then what is wrong with trying to save both the mother and child? In the case of medical emergencies, physicians will do their best to preserve both lives, so let them try their best.
Even under restrictive abortion laws, such as Ireland’s, an abortion may still be needed to save a mother’s life . Ireland’s Eighth Amendment stated both the mother and child have equal right to life , so if the baby cannot be saved, doctors would try to save the mother’s life and vice versa. Abortions to save a mother’s life are rarely needed, but they were and are still allowed by the government. Then why keep pushing to make abortions easy?
The original vote to enact Ireland’s Eight Amendment was 67% yes and 33% no . This year’s vote to repeal it saw the numbers almost exactly reversed . What has changed since 1983? I’m afraid Ireland, especially its youth, has fallen in with the rest of the world’s views that greatly exaggerate personal freedom over what is moral.
People are blinded by the skewed claims of abortionists. The right to freedom or freewill, for example. I’ve even heard some Christians side for Pro-Choice because God gives us freewill. However, having freewill never gave anyone the right to do what is wrong. It’s obvious people think that killing unborn children is ok since they enthusiastically choose to support that over protecting life. God didn’t give us freewill so that we could do wrong. He wants us to be able to see what is right and choose it.
Other abortionists claim that legalizing abortions will decrease it. However, you can’t overlook the huge number of abortions being performed since America legalized it. The numbers are tracked by the government and other agencies so you can’t dismiss them as exaggerations . The numbers are likely underreported as well, and the Guttmacher Institute also states that only a small proportion of abortions are done in the United States .
Legalizing abortion does make it safer since the death rate of mothers for abortions was lowered considerably after America legalized it, and it is lower in countries where it is legal . Countries with highly restrictive abortion laws don’t always lower abortion rates either , but that just means there are more unwanted pregnancies in those countries.
These arguments for legalizing abortion overlook why there is a demand for so many abortions. It’s because there are so many unwanted pregnancies. That points to the root of society’s problem – overrunning lust coming from the widespread acceptance and promotion of liberal sex, sexual imagery and pornography. If the world wasn’t so focused on having sex, there would be far less unwanted pregnancies and therefore far less abortions.
The world needs to see things very differently if it’s going to become the civilized and enlightened humanity it claims to be.
 “Less than 1% of all abortions are performed to save the life of the mother”. AbortionFacts.com. https://www.abortionfacts.com/facts/8
 “1.72 billion abortions worldwide in the last 40 years”. LifeSiteNews.com. https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/1.72-billion-abortions-worldwide-in-the-last-40-years
 “Irish widow with two young sons, one lung, and heart defect denied abortion as ‘life not at risk'” Irish Central. https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irish-widow-claire-malone-heart-defect-denied-abortion
 “Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland”. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighth_Amendment_of_the_Constitution_of_Ireland
 “Irish abortion referendum: yes wins with 66.4% – as it happened”. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2018/may/26/irish-abortion-referendum-result-count-begins-live
 “Chris Smith says more than 54 million abortions have been performed since U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade”. PolitiFact. http://www.politifact.com/new-jersey/statements/2012/mar/18/chris-smith/chris-smith-says-more-54-million-abortions-have-be
 “An Overview of Abortion in the United States”. Guttmacher Institute. 2014.