Why did Irish Bloggers not talk about Abortion?

that girl is musing about the Sigla piece by Sinéad wondering why there has hardly been any discussion about the Abortion issue which recently resurfaced and especially why women have not posted about it.

I too thought there was little coverage. I mean, it seemed talk of wine got more coverage.

To verify the lack of coverage I did a search of Planet of the Blogs and found the following recent posts on Abortion:

Thaed is pro-abortion and she makes some very heartfelt comments. Her whole post on it needs to be read. I’ll just quote a small piece.

So we ignore the big taboo.
Women dont tell thier stories.
They dont share why they full of relief, guilt,sadness and happiness twice a year,
usually the date of thier termination and that date the child would hve been born.

Colm Bracken takes Ivana Bacik to task, and talks less about whether abortion is right or wrong.

Bacik has done the opposite. She has sought the deny the unborn their rights, not by asking the Irish public their opinion, but via the European Court of Human Rights route.

Slugger mentions the abortion story, but doesn’t give an opinion. Some good comments below the story, one from Daisy:

My view is that there is always an element of misogyny on display during any debate on abortion. My view is that those who demand that women control themselves (and if they can’t, then control their fertility through contraception), damn women who choose to terminate when things don’t go according to plan. My view is that men are treated differently when it comes to matters of conception/contraception (their behaviour being excused in a “typical man” kind of way) and that this is hypocritical. My view is that people shouldn’t be so quick to judge without knowing all the facts.

The Dossing Times calls the abortion debate the new A-Bomb. He doesn’t seem to give a view on abortion itself but rather what may happen as a result of a ruling:

I think this is going to be a big case not only for Ireland but for Europe as well if not the world. If they win will people say it is a human right to have an abortion. If they lose will it define the foetus as human and subject to the same rights such as life and freedom of expression. Could this be the European Rowe vs Wade.?

William Sjostrom is the Atlantic Blog too takes a shot at Bacik.

Bacik was least seen getting indignant about removing Saddam from power. Dead Iraqis, dead babies. Who else is she keen to see get killed?

Mark loses it with both sides and thinks they are both more interested in the fight than a solution.

You know what pisses me off about the pro-life & pro-choice camps? It’s not about fighting for what is right, it’s about proving that they are right, that their way of thinking is the right way, it’s about proving that the other side is wrong. And that makes both sides of this “argument” equally disgusting.

PS on Balrog’s opinion on abortion is clear, though blunt.

To me, abortion is the murder of an innocent child and can NEVER be justified in any way shape or form. The IFPA make the point that every year thousands of Irish women make the journey across the water to abort their children. To me this misses the issue. If only one child is saved because the woman in question did not want to travel then the legislation is worth having in place.

Now going back to that girl:

Men unconsciously know that women have the power to annihilate them. We can kill them if the pro-choice movement gets its way. The control of women’s fertility and sexuality has always been about the unconscious fear carried by men that women are, in fact, more powerful in the life stakes. I believe that the prominence of men in the anti-choice movement is an attempt to save the perceived annihilation of the male species.

So in terms of freedom of choice – I’m all for it, whether it’s about blog content or reproductive rights. Try taking away freedom of choice and let’s see who falls on what side of the divide.

And finally Sigla piece by SinéadSinéad’s views:

Bacik should be at least be applauded because she and the IFPA are prepared to address the huge numbers of women travelling across the water each year for terminations. Even if many, or perhaps most, of this country deems itself anti-abortion, it’s time to take collective heads out of the sand when it comes to the fate of over 6,000 women every year.

Both Sinéad and that girl have made a very valid point though. For such a big issue there hardly is any coverage and less again from the lady bloggers. Perhaps Caoimhe could research this when she does her PhD?

As for why I didn’t comment? Generally I do stay under the radar on political stuff like this but I did contribute to an abortion debate on GayCork which proved to be quite hot-headed and I was quite fatigued from writing about it anywhere else.

UPDATE: 19 August, 2005: Wind and Breezes gives her opinion. though in answer to why Bloggers did not blog about this.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s up to every blogwriter to decide what appears on their blog and is up to no blogwriter to be surprised by presence or absence of subjects.

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