I’m angry. There’s no use in sugar-coating the situation, I am fucking angry.
And because I’m pissed, we’ll do this in chronological order.
To begin, our cowardly Taoiseach couldn’t decide on what to do when it came to the vote on abortion so he pushed the responsibility to a ‘randomly’ selected ninety-nine citizens. So far, so frustration-worthy.
The Citizens’ Assembly listened to arguments for and against the proposed legality of abortion. They voted in favour of abortion, in case you were wondering. This left poor auld Kenny frightened like a little kitten and hiding under some kind of makeshift, imaginary tarpaulin, I’m sure. He is a master of hiding behind jargon and conjecture, asking journalists what they would replace the Eight Amendment with.
Eh, sorry Enda, aren’t you the leader of this fucking country? Shouldn’t you be big and ugly enough to decide where we go from here? You wanted this job, you wanted to put on your big boy pants and try to fix the country but now you’re running away from it. Well, regardless of whether or not the Citizens’ Assembly’s decision is in contrast to your religious beliefs, I frankly couldn’t give a shit. This was the job you wanted and we pay you handsomely for the honour so make a decision and just do it.
But Enda isn’t the only rich man to try to decide what women should do with their uteruses – or uteri, if you’re so inclined – parrot-faced Micheal Martin has thrown his one cent’s worth into the argument.
Micheal Martin revealed this week that he comes from a pro-life background – which I don’t give a shit about, but that’s neither here nor there – but he feels that his religious and moral beliefs should stop me and my friends and colleagues and every other woman in this backward fucking country from deciding whether or not we want to carry a child to term. Because there are consequences from having sex.
Not only that though – oh no – he has decided that because his one fake friend was a product of rape and it hurts her feelings to think that her mother COULD have had an abortion, none of the rest of us can have an abortion. Because there are also consequences from being violently attacked and raped – who knew?
I feel like I should explain this in simple English that even the moronic FF leader can understand – your ‘so-called’ friend’s mother decided not to have an abortion (or it was not available to her) so your – again- ‘friend’ was born. That’s grand, fine and dandy. I’m happy for her. Being born is just tops.
However, what you forget is that there are women who are raped who have had to travel alone, to another country, without the support of their friends or family, to have a procedure that will help them while they are in the midst of a terrible violence that has been committed against them.
Some people would see a child who is a result of rape as being a gift, others feel that it is a hindrance to their mental health.
What you, Micheal, can’t seem to get through your head is that – if the roles were reversed and we had free and legal abortion in this country – no one would have forced your friend’s mother to have an abortion. She would have been free to carry the child to term – if she so wished – and live her life as she saw fit. You do not want to offer me the same freedom.
In your mind, if women are raped, they should have the child or have enough money to garner these services from another health system. The NHS is over-crowded and the EU countries surrounding us have been inundated with Irish women who are desperate for access to abortion.
The saying is true – Irish abortions happen, just not in Ireland.
Moving on from the FF leader, we have Simon Coveney – the Housing minister with such a stiff moral compass, it doesn’t seem to be able to veer further than a degree beyond staunch right.
Firstly, I have a severe aversion to the pithy little phrase of ‘abortion on demand’, which Simon used at will this week. But that’s for another day and another blog post.
He is just so upset by the possibility of ‘AOD’ – the acronym I shall use from here on in – that he seemed to forget that it has literally nothing to do with him or his lack of a uterus.
Coveney said, “I am uncomfortable with some of those recommendations.” Uncomfortable enough, also, to forget that the Citizens’ Assembly was developed by his own party’s leader, the beau Enda Kenny.
Apparently, he thinks that there should be changes, but only the changes that he believes in because suddenly the Housing Minister is the newly-developed role of a dictator.
“I do think that there is change necessary in that area but I don’t support an approach that effectively facilitates abortion on demand in Ireland.”
I do find it hilarious that because the CA proved to be more progressive than our current government, these rich, white guys are now freaking out that they can’t effectively drag themselves from beneath the thumb of the Catholic Church.
I have assumed their key strategy; the current government hopes that we will just give up. That the current generation of women of a child-bearing age will leave this country and cease in their terrible quest for healthcare. Or if we don’t, they can just foist the decision for a referendum onto the next pack of fucking idiots who take their place.
One day – as we continue to fight the government, the church and the foreign pro-life investors – we will win.
One day we will have safe access to abortion just because it’s our fundamental right.