I take issue with the claim made by the 27 year old female constituent in last week’s paper who said I have given “no real consideration to the many women who face difficult and harrowing decisions on a daily basis under various circumstances,” in relation to women who choose to have an abortion abroad.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. From personal experience of dealing with my own mental health difficulties in the past I know the depths of despair the human mind is capable of descending into. I also know how helpful supports can be to someone who finds themselves in a difficult situation. I believe women who are pregnant should be given greater supports and counselling. If a woman finds herself pregnant and there are very few supports available to her, either from society, family, friends or professional help, then the option of abortion can look more attractive. We need a sea change in our attitudes to women who find themselves pregnant and are struggling with this situation. Furthermore greater professional supports need to be provided to women in these circumstances as well as greater supports to the women in the years after the birth including counselling, all medical and housing needs.
I find it offensive to be described as having a “flippant attitude” to the topic of abortion. It is something I have given great thought to as many of my friends will testify to. At least we are having a discussion on this topic right now, a discussion that inevitably will grow in the coming years. People will be able to voice their different opinions and no minority group, irrespective of how vocal they are, will be allowed to dominate the discussion.
Galway West/South Mayo