A group working to repealing Ireland’s pro-life Eighth Amendment is using photos of women’s shoes to urge the country to legalize abortion on demand.
The photos and accompanying stories from “In Her Shoes: Women of the Eighth” represent women who have traveled outside the country to abort their unborn babies, according to the Daily Mail. None of the photos show the unfilled shoes of the babies who they aborted.
Ireland is scheduled to vote May 25 on whether to retain its Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, are pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand.
One of the abortion lobby’s key talking points has been that Irish women who travel outside the country to have abortions risk physical and emotional pain in doing so. They claim legalizing abortion in Ireland would protect women.
The stories that women shared on “In Her Shoes” are meant to support this narrative, but they actually show just how deeply abortion hurts women as well as their unborn babies.
One woman who traveled outside Ireland 36 years ago claimed aborting her child was “the right decision.” But in the same sentence, she also said she “wouldn’t wish [an abortion] on anyone.” Even more indicative of her hurt, she said she still finds herself “counting the years to work out how old” her child would be if she hadn’t aborted him or her.
Another woman said her 21-year-old boyfriend took her to England for an abortion after he got her pregnant at age 15. The abortion facility apparently ignored the signs of statutory rape and violated parental consent laws when it aborted the teen’s unborn baby.
Though the British abortion facility failed her and her unborn child multiple times, the woman blamed her native Ireland for her pain.
“That was 20 years ago now, and sadly nothing has changed,” the woman wrote. “My country failed me and I hope that my daughters don’t have to grow up in a country that continues to.”
Other stories told of incredibly damaged, hurting women and girls who thought aborting their unborn babies was the only way to escape abuse.
According to the report:
She was later raped after passing out at a party and went on to have a relationship with her attacker as her past experiences had taught her that ‘the only way to get people to pay attention to me was through sex’
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When she fell pregnant at 22, she had alcohol and drug problems and was estranged from her family.
‘I had an abortion because I loved the potential child, I loved the possible human being that would grow from those cells,’ she explained.
‘I did not want that human being to live a life that was no better than mine, and at that time in my life that’s all it would have been, if not worse.
‘Having an abortion was one of the least selfish things I have ever done and yet some others see it as the most selfish thing a woman can do.
‘I have not regretted it for one single second and I often remember the time that would have been the time of the birth, 25 years ago now.’
And they want to bring this hurt and destruction to Ireland.
As awful as some of these women’s circumstances were, the solution to their problems was not to destroy their innocent unborn children’s lives. Ireland supports women and children, its pro-life laws recognize that both are valuable individuals who deserve to be protected from violence.
Legalizing abortion in Ireland will not protect women from pain. It will only create more by allowing the abortion industry to manipulate desperate, vulnerable women and to earn money destroying their unborn baby’s lives.