I met a woman I know the other day. “I’ve stopped following you” she told me. I was alarmed – was she stalking me? Hoping I knew the way somewhere? Suddenly aware that my sense of direction is non-existent?
I’ll come back to that.
Last week, one of my daughters-in-law gave birth to a daughter. Next month, all being well, another daughter-in-law will give birth. Both events were and are looked forward to enormously by all the family – most of all, I’m sure, by the mothers-to-be.
Factoid: In Britain, you can have a legal abortion up to 24 weeks.
The image above is of a foetus/baby at 20 weeks. I feel safe in saying that had someone asked either woman at, say, 20 weeks if they’d considered having their 20-week-old foetus/baby aborted, both women (and their husbands) would have been horrified. So, for that matter, would I.
But back to the woman who said she wasn’t following me. It turned out she wasn’t following me on Facebook anymore. “Not since you put up that abortion picture on Facebook – that was totally uncalled-for!” I suggested that was her opinion. “Of course it’s my opinion” she said. “You can hear the words coming out of my mouth, can’t you?”
One way and another not the most cordial of encounters. But an instructive one nonetheless.
Why would someone see the picture of an aborted foetus/baby as ‘uncalled-for”? Probably because it is so horrifying. And why does the aborted foetus/baby horrify those who see it? Probably because they see the mangled pieces as a baby dismembered.
Which is odd. Because the people who object to such images, I’ve noticed, are very often the people who say that abortion up to 24 weeks should be available throughout Ireland. The people who don’t object to such images – who in fact present them – tend to be those who say that abortion up to 24 weeks should not be available throughout Ireland.
So here’s the thing. If abortion of a 20-week foetus is the removal of a non-human, why do many, like my critical woman, believe such images are “uncalled-for”?
One thing’s for sure: the foetus/baby involved didn’t call for it.