The missing dimension and biggest stumbling block for anti-abortion groups here is the evaded fact that around 4,419 women (2011) with Irish addresses have abortions in England each year. The media and pro-abortion activists exploit the issue to brand the rest of ‘abortion-free Ireland’ as hypocrites because we ignore this, without action. Even the Government failed to address the problem in its new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.
Let’s take it on board, now: - As a solution to the problem, initially the machinery has got to be put in place. A national Church and State sponsored, powerful staffed, sympathetic Counselling Agency par-excellence must be established - for confidentiality - preferably in Dublin. It has to be promoted on a continuous basis via nation-wide media advertising, until it is as well known and as easy to get as ‘Chef Sauce’ or the ‘Tipperary Star’.
The gist of the advertising should be positive. Consider as example: “Needing an abortion – why go to England – see us first!” “We desperately need unwanted babies!” “Terminating pregnancy kills a future human being that could be a genius!” “Abortion mutilates your body and inflicts mental guilt that could remain for life”. “Be brave, be safe; give natural birth at home under sympathetic care, you’ll never regret it”, etc.
This approach would at least show acceptance and effort. Its success depends on the power of the psychological wording of advertising and promotion in attracting the attention of women intending to travel for abortion. After that it’s over to the efficient advice and charisma of staff in helping them change their minds. Hopefully, if incorporated in the new Government Protection of Life Bill this Agency might help stem the flow of women travelling for abortion, and instead attract them for superior counselling that could change everything. If it only lured two people a week, it would be an encouraging start!