Sometimes the timing of a pregnancy can present frightening challenges. To help women facing an unplanned pregnancy, Ireland offers many public programmes and benefits. For example, in addition to the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme, there is child benefit, subsidised affordable crèches, free pre-school education, childcare allowances, single parent tax credits, free medical care and more. But, this is not enough! We need practical and supportive solutions in the workplace, in university and in the community.
Every mother loves her baby. Women are enriched by the experience of motherhood.
Pro-abortion campaigners encourage women to think of their pregnancy as a problem for which there is only one solution. They exaggerate the inconvenience of pregnancy while dismissing the joys. Pregnancy is a natural biological process and a meaningful, life-changing, event in most women’s lives. I enable mothers, free from pressure, to have this amazing, life-fulfilling experience.
The claim, often repeated in the media, that abortion is a human right is a fallacy that we must reject. The pro-abortion bias of the media was particularly evident in the coverage of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. An Irish Times article published on 14th November 2012 claimed that Mrs. Halappanavar’s death was due to the refusal of obstetricians in Galway University Hospital to grant her husband's wish to abort their baby. This tragic story was used as a vehicle by pro-abortionists to create pressure for holding a referendum to repeal me.
Dr. Hema Divakar, President-elect of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India provided an assessment on the cause of Savita’s death; "Delay or refusal to terminate the pregnancy does not in itself seem to be the cause of death. Even if the law permitted it, it is not as if her life would have been saved because of termination”. From the Coroner's report and the subsequent HSE and HIQA reports, we now know that she did not die because of refusal to terminate the pregnancy. Savita died because of complications arising from an exceptionally severe, and very rare, form of septicaemia including multi-system organ failure, disseminated intravascular coagulation and severe blood loss. An abortion would not have saved her life.
Women should not be forced to choose between their own lives and the lives of their babies. Having an abortion as an option does not create equality for women. Women should never be told that they cannot finish their college degree or excel in their career just because they are pregnant. That sort of thing would never be said to a man once he becomes a father. The system should be altered to cater for the needs of pregnant women. An example of this would be to provide paternity leave on the same basis as maternity leave. We must reject and rectify the obstacles to opportunity encountered by mothers in our country. Only then will equality be achieved.