The official Dail transcript records Ms Chambers as having said: “Abortion regret is made up and it does not exist” though video from Thursday night clearly shows that she said: “Abortion regret is a makey-uppy thing. It doesn’t exist.”
Three issues of concern are, firstly, where the ‘Official’ record, the Transcript is INCORRECT! It is a modified, edited version of what was Actually said. It proves a transcriber (or is there a subsequent upstream editor of the data?) interpreting and perverting reality… If this is possible as has happened in this case, with such ease and unconcern, what else has been retrospectively modified, erased, edited in all other ‘Official’ records of Oireachtas since the State was founded?
Why do we wonder about the abundance of ‘Fake News’ when we can’t even retain the integrity of our own ‘Official’ records?
The second point is the total dismissal of the Reality of abortion regret. Somehow LGBT people or illegal aliens have “fweelings” which the entire population has to constantly consider and pay homage (and tax) to, whereas actual trauma from actual physical harm to an unborn child is a makey-uppy thing? Wow.
#AbortionRegret Specific commonly experienced negatives included living with having ended a life, regret, shame, guilt, depression, anxiety, negative self-appraisals, and self- destructive behaviors.
Madeira JL. Aborted emotions: regret, relationality, and regulation. Michigan J Gender & Law 2014;21:1-66.
Thirdly. for men, who have had their unborn children aborted by the mother without either discussion, “choice” or often even without informing the father before doing so.
The whole abortion debate was run by both sides while dismissing the co-creating father’s rights in the consideration. Denying expectant Father’s perspective is a sad paradigm blindness. Once a women consents to sex, she gives up her sole right and it becomes a shared thing if she conceives.
Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers has since apologised for any hurt caused when she said abortion regret is a “makey-uppy thing” during a heated debate in the Dail, however i has exposed a far bigger concern of censored or edited Official Records.
Woman Hurt, a group of women who regret having abortions, claimed the remarks were “ignorant and offensive”.
Ms Chambers’s comments came as the Dail was considering an amendment to the Government’s planned abortion law. The proposal would mean women seeking an abortion would have to undergo an ultrasound and be given the option to view it by their doctor.
Doctors that don’t do this would face a fine or possible jail sentence under the amendment put forward by pro-life TDs. It will not have enough support to be passed. Former Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin spoke in support of the proposal. He said that the ultrasound was included in the amendment as abortion regret was indeed a “significant issue”.
Ms Chambers argued that the amendment was put forward out of “faux concern for women” but is actually about “trying to judge them, embarrass them, make them feel bad in the hope that if you shame them into it, they might continue with the pregnancy”.
Women Hurt spokesperson Bernadette Goulding criticised Ms Chambers’s remarks that abortion regret is “makey-uppy”.
She claimed Ms Chambers “might have thought twice” before making “such an ignorant statement” if she knew the “devastating impact” of her comments on women who live with the “heartbreak of their abortion”.
Women Hurt say they have sought a meeting with Fianna Fail leader Michêal Martin and Ms Chambers and are seeking a “fulsome apology”.
Ms Goulding also said: “I don’t buy the excuse that her comments were taken out of context” and she said there is research highlighting the negative after-effects of abortion on women.
Over the weekend, Ms Chambers told the Sunday Independent: “I apologise for any upset or hurt caused.” She insisted her comments were taken out of context.
She said contributions from some TDs during debates in Leinster House suggested that abortion regret is an accepted medical condition and her intention was to highlight that it’s not a medical term. Ms Chambers added: “Of course I’m not suggesting that 100% of people are happy with their choice. That wouldn’t be true of any decision.” Saying “it does not exist” sounds like 100% to me
She said she hoped her critics will “understand where I was coming from” now that she’s clarified her remarks.
The Government hopes to pass the legislation on terminations in time for abortion services to become available from January next year.