Full in­for­ma­tion on abor­tion should be out in the open

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - OPIN­ION -

SIR, What is strik­ing in this ref­er­en­dum de­bate is that pro-re­peal groups never talk about the ghosts abor­tion leaves in its wake, the suf­fer­ing.

With the many Love Both ral­lies be­ing at­tended around the coun­try this week, many may have heard lo­cal me­dia in­ter­views by Claire Cul­well, abor­tion sur­vivor. Claire was a twin. Her mother had an abor­tion pro­ce­dure but only one twin was ter­mi­nated. The mother of Claire Cul­well, now 30 years old, had one am­ni­otic sac re­moved when she was six months preg­nant, but her daugh­ter was in a sec­ond, un­de­tected sac. Claire suf­fered much phys­i­cal in­jury as a re­sult of the orginal abor­tion pro­ce­dure but is very pos­i­tive about be­ing given a chance at life.

An­other abor­tion sur­vivor, Melissa Oh­den founded The Abor­tion Sur­vivors Net­work and tes­ti­fied be­fore the US Congress after dis­cov­er­ing that she sur­vived an abor­tion at 31 weeks’ ges­ta­tion. She is alive be­cause a nurse took pity on her and fought for her to re­ceive med­i­cal care. Melissa spoke at the ‘Cel­e­brate the 8th’ event in 2016 and told her story to the Pat Kenny Show on New­stalk Ra­dio.

Of­fi­cial Cana­dian fig­ures show that over a ten-year pe­riod start­ing in 2000, 491 ba­bies who sur­vived botched abor­tions were aban­doned by med­i­cal staff and left to die alone in the cor­ners of hos­pi­tals. Women do not hear how, in some cases, their un­born child will be dis­mem­bered or have his/her life ended with an in­jec­tion into the heart.

And while ba­bies suf­fer through abor­tion, so too do their moth­ers. The sui­cide rate is six times higher for women who had abor­tions than for those who had given birth (13year study pub­lished in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of Pub­lic Health in 2005 by Gissler et al).

If abor­tion is such an ac­cept­able pro­ce­dure, why the sup­pres­sion of such ba­sic in­for­ma­tion? In truth most peo­ple can’t even bear to hear what an abor­tion pro­ce­dure is. Let’s pro­tect and saves lives. Save the Eighth.


Frances Kelle­her, Kil­lar­ney.

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