I personally am pro-choice. I have come to this decision after many years of researching the topic, and separating the facts from the fictions. I also think it's shameful Ireland buries its head in the sand regarding the issue and in true hibernian fashion ignores the elephant in the room. So yesterday I attended a pro-choice counter rally to the well funded "Rally for life" and as we lined the streets to peacefully protest for the rights of Irish women to make their own choices, we were met by some real friendly people from the anti-choice brigade. Like this lady ...
|Apparently that's the Virgin Mary and Jesus. I initially thought she was holding up an ad for Johnson's baby lotion.|
|He was slightly taken aback when I asked him which poundshop he got his plastic blue cross in...|
- Women who have abortions are at higher risk of psychological damage
- Women who have abortions are at higher risk of cancer
- Women who have abortions are more likely to be infertile.
Claim 2: Women who have abortions are at higher risk of cancer
The second claim in the canon usually tries to claim women who have abortions are are risk for higher rates of cancer. Usually anti-choice protesters try to claim breast cancer is linked to abortion, and again it's rather easy to debunk this old chestnut. Rarely was so scaremongering a claim on such flimsy ground. This is made rather clear by the definitive paper on the subject "Breast cancer and the politics of abortion in the united states" and indeed, much research has gone into the subject to quell the misinformation. Research by bodies including the WHO, US cancer society, National cancer institute, American college of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists all show zero relationship between abortion and cancers, particularly of the breast.
Claim 3: Women who have abortions are more likely to be infertile
Yet another scary claim with no proof at all. An abortion will NOT affect future fertility. Studies like this one and this one pure the lie to that notion.
Conclusion - Claim is nonsense.
It is clear the terrifying claims that anti-choice activists make are counter to what the actual science and medicine tells us, and as such, should be disregarded from any debate on the subject. I find these notions repugnant, as the masquerade as being for the protection of women when in fact they're nothing of the sort. This kind of underhand tactic is highly disingenuous - if you are religiously against abortion, that is your right - but don't pretend you are against abortion because you wish to protect women. Moreover, I would encourage people to actually challenge individuals repeating these dodgy claims. Regardless on what your personal beliefs may be, if we truly want informed debate on issues as nuanced and complex as abortion then attacking false assertions head on is a vital step.
|Pope Benedict - Does it for the chicks, apparently...|