Flaw in ULA position on fight for abortion rights?

The ULA statement on the government announcement that they will be producing legislation and regulation to implement the X-Case includes the following:

“It is time, however, to also recognise the many reasons why thousands of Irish women have abortions every year. The vast majority of the population agree that a risk to the health of a woman should be grounds for the right to an abortion. The majority also think a woman should be able to terminate a pregnancy arising from rape or incest, or where the foetus has a fatal abnormality. Many think that it should be up to a woman, in consultation with her doctor, to decide if she should continue with a pregnancy. We support all of these arguments – which give women the choice.”

The problem is that not all these options give women choice. In fact most of them are about the framework within which the state (through the proxy of a doctor or doctors in the first instance) will make that decision. That is not a pro-choice position. They are improvements within the framework of the denial of women’s right to choose and so should be supported as against what exists now but they should not be confused with a pro-choice position of being for a women’s right to choose.


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