Abor­tion can­not nor­mally be equated with health­care as pre­ganancy is not an ill­ness

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - OPINION -

SIR,

A Ker­ry­man Let­ters sub­mis­sion, (Oc­to­ber 3), refers to abor­tion as “re­pro­duc­tive health­care”.

Abor­tion is, of course, not at all re­pro­duc­tive but, in fact, the de­struc­tive in­ter­rup­tion of a re­pro­duc­tive process.

Nor can abor­tion nor­mally be equated with health­care, with the heal­ing treat­ment of some­one af­flicted with ill­ness or dis­ease, since nor­mal preg­nancy is not an ill­ness or dis­ease. That’s to say noth­ing of the fact that the stu­diously ig­nored sec­ond pa­tient in any preg­nancy, far from be­ing the ob­ject of health­care, is lethally tar­geted in abor­tion.

This per­verse, de­lib­er­ately ob­fus­cat­ing use of lan­guage re­calls stan­dard com­mu­nist pro­pa­ganda, in which for ex­am­ple the bru­tally op­pres­sive dic­ta­tor­ship in East Ger­many called it­self ‘The Ger­man Demo­cratic Repub­lic’.

It is of­fen­sive to any­one who val­ues style and truth.

Yours sin­cerely

James N. O’Sul­li­van

New Road,

Kil­lar­ney

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