Roisin Ingle has become the latest member of the luvvie section of Irish society to call for abortion to be de-criminalized. Her advocacy of abortion, based on personal experience, comes across as that of a military establishment asking for empathy for its own soldiers at the expense of any victims.
1. A New Cause Celebre
The Irish Times doesn’t so much report the news these days as create the news. Not long before the now notoriously undemocratic referendum on marriage, Ursula Halligan, a veteran news reporter, was wheeled out to tell us ‘why she is different.’ Its impossible to tell how many votes this swung but the sight of a successful, middle-class woman who might pass easily for your nice auntie was certainly politically astute.
Since the referendum was passed (allowing an oxymoron termed ‘same sex marriage’) the focus of the Irish Liberal-left quickly switched back to abortion. As opposed to the recent assault on marital values, the abortion debate is more embedded as a continuing struggle. The question of liberalizing abortion laws has been the most divisive issue in Irish society for over 30 years now.
2. Roisin Ingle
Just as Ursula Halligan did, Roisin Ingle, an inoffensive entertainment reporter, is ‘doing her bit’ for the Liberal-left cause. In an article written for the IT on Saturday, she recounted how she had got an abortion, even told her mum about it, going into the typical type luvvie stuff about she had defeated the whole world (of course forgetting the fact she lives in a society where she regularly depends on the kindness of strangers). There is the same inoffensiveness about her as Halligan. She doesn’t have the air of ‘wackiness’ or uber-intellectuality that some other advocates may have and anything she does is wont to be seen as ‘normal.’
For Roisin, it was a ‘choice.; And as becomes increasingly clear in the article it was HER choice. The amount of times the words I, ME, MY, are repeated would embarrass a first year student. She calls it ‘My Experience,’ (capital ‘E’).
Then there are the ‘lies, damn lies and statistics.’ Many women have gone to England since 1980 to get an abortion, she tells us, neglecting a proper analysis which would reveal that Ireland’s rate of abortion is far lower than that in the UK. However, that’s what figures are there for … they can be manipulated to serve any story, even Roisin’s self-serving monologue.
What really stood out in the article was the way that the party whom she had abandoned to die is barely countenanced. ‘It,’ the human life that was coldly executed, appears as an object, as a nuisance somewhat.
She discussed the pregnancy with the bloke who chose (along with Roisin) to take the risk of conceiving a child. He was ‘civilized’ as if that ever stopped a bloke from behaving unclvilized when the chips were down! Reading this part, it seemed to confirm the view that a lot of abortions are less to do with ‘women’s rights’ and more to do with a bloke offloading an unwanted asset … or two.
3. X-ing the Other
So she discussed it with her mum, with her ex-lover and she went ahead and did the deed. Then she writes an article years later and tells the whole story from her own view-point. This is the crux of the matter.
You see, anyone who commits any type of crime or immoral act could elicit sympathy from the audience if they own the story. Governments do this when they pursue wars. You hear about how their troops suffer trauma, pain, emotions. You see their soldiers crippled and broken. Those who come back on leave hug their relatives. Tears flow. War becomes humanized.
On the other hand, the other side barely gets a mention. They become statistics. Ingle said that 80,000 Irish women went to England since 1980. You could just as easily say that 80,000 live humans were transported to be killed. But then, like a belligerent party in a war, that would be breaking the code of silence we have imposed on the ‘other side.’ In a war, the enemy, no matter how much it suffers, is always an after-thought. Look at the US in Vietnam; 40 years after the end of the war, they talk about veterans and names on the wall, but not the 2 million Vietnamese who died or the countless others who were brutalized.
4. Giving a Voice
It is true that those who value life like me can’t influence the decisions of many women egged on by irresponsible men looking for a cheap way out. We can recognize that the weak who can’t speak should have a voice. If those like Roisin Ingle want to impose olmerta on the unborn, we can insist that a true understanding of abortion is allowed to unfold instead of a one-eyed narrative. For too long now, the Liberal-left has owned the discussion and trampled on the victims by removing them from consideration and reducing them to the status of a material object.
5. Victim and Victimized
And as for someone who destroys life, let me say that it doesn’t bother me how persecuted they feel or how emotional the experience was for them. They have no excuse. At least, in a war it is understandable why one side would X the other out … only one side can win a war. But in a law-abiding society, it is commonly assumed that there are at least two parties to consider in any case and often there are more. Therefore there should be less sympathy shown for those like Ingle and more shown for the X-ed out party. The best way to do this is to un-X them by highlighting them and confronting the strong with the remains of the weak.
6. Compassion Sometimes Bad
On a final note, one weakness of the law-abiding members of society should be highlighted. That is their decency and compassion. They see a woman who is distraught or going through a hard time. It resonates with the compassionate. The broken woman has a cultural foothold; she is a jilted woman, a woman lost in a world of men, a woman who is unappreciated. However, that empathy is a weakness if you are dealing with unscrupulous people. They have hatred in their hearts for the values you humanely cling to and elicit your sympathy so they can further their agenda. In a nutshell the good-acting people must be careful with the bad-acting people and must be prepared to act with firmness if not goodness. Don’t allow human lives to be swept under the carpet.
Colm Gillis has authored two books on political theory. His latest is the Exceptionally Decisive Carl Schmitt, details of which can be found here.