Post-Abortion Group Blasts National Women’s Council of Ireland

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 22, 2011   |   10:54PM   |   Dublin, Ireland

A new group women who have had abortions and regret their decision is blasting the National Women’s Council of Ireland and accusing it of trying to silence those women.

The recently-formed Women Hurt group has accused the National Women’s Council of Ireland of trying to silence women who regret their abortions from speaking out.

In a Sunday newspaper report, Susan McKay, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland described Women Hurt’s new nationwide billboard campaign, which reaches out to women who regret their abortion, as “harsh” and “cruel.” Responding to the attack on their billboard initiative, Women Hurt rejected the claims made and said that the National Women’s Council “are either in denial about the devastating after-effects of abortion for some women or they have a deep seated ideological aversion to hearing an alternative viewpoint.”

Women Hurt spokesperson Bernadette Goulding said:

It is a reality that many women end up regretting abortion. For too long our voices have been ignored and suppressed. Women Hurt is not saying all women who have abortion regret it but a sizable number do and they are entitled to hear the message that they are not alone and that help, hope and healing is possible.

The claim made by the National Women’s Council that our campaign is “cruel” and “harsh” is ridiculous. I can only conclude that some in the leadership of the National Women’s Council are either in denial about the devastating after-effects of abortion for some women or they have a deep seated ideological aversion to hearing an alternative viewpoint.

Women Hurt spokesperson Lynn Coles added:

Women Hurt has no political or religious agenda of any kind. We simply exist to share our stories of hope and healing with women who find themselves in similar situations having regretted the decision to opt for abortion.

We have no intention of engaging in an ongoing war of words with the National Women’s Council of Ireland or anyone else but we will certainly defend our right to exist as a group and not be intimidated out of the public arena.