The Times (Irish edition) has an article and a video of an undercover reporter visiting a place that “advertises itself as an impartial source of advice for women who want to travel to the UK to access an abortion but has direct links to a Catholic anti-abortion group.” It’s The Women’s Center on Berkeley Street in Dublin.
It’s appalling—but perfectly legal—for a group like this to purvey lies, trying to scare women out of having an abortion. Have a listen to the undercover video below; if this doesn’t make you mad, you haven’t woken up yet:
Here are 6 lies that you can catch from the video and the article:
- Abortion can cause breast cancer.
- Abortion leads to the woman abusing her future children.
- It’s too late at six weeks of pregnancy to use miscarriage-inducing pills like mifepristone.
- Abortion often leads to the death of the women who have the procedure.
- If the reporter, who wasn’t pregnant, went to the UK, she should go to the Women’s Center there (another branch of this group), for other UK abortion clinics could give her an infection.
Every one of these is wrong.
Now you’d think that any woman seeking advice about abortions might have done some preliminary investigation, so why would they fall for this duplicitous advice? One possible answer is that the Dublin Women’s Centre is used by many migrant women, who might be not only terrified and ignorant about medications, but also under pressure from their husbands to have a child. And, of course, many women are confused and distressed in these situations, and thus might be more credulous about ludicrous “advice” like this.
Finally, the paper notes that the reporter, before leaving—she came back for an ultrasound that of course showed she wasn’t pregnant—was given literature touting the ineffectiveness of abortion pills, and claiming that abortion could cause “suicidal impulses, an intense interest in babies, constant sighing, guilt, crying, swallowing, a preoccupation with death, a loss of interest in sex, a coma [!], loss of organs, a desire to end relationships, a loss of maternal instincts and lower self esteem.”
One wonder why these “clinics” aren’t regulated, or at least prevented from telling blatant lies. Well, Ireland is a Catholic country that forbids regular abortions, so it’s in the Church’s interest to keep this scam going. Nevertheless, these “women’s centres” are dispensing medical advice, and one would hope that the government would ensure that that advice was based on facts. Saying stuff like abortion leads to “loss of organs” is simply reprehensible.
This “counselor” surely knows she’s telling lies. But, like creationists, she thinks that the Greater Good of Producing Babies for Jesus outweighs those lies. It is, after all, Lying for Jesus. It’s more perfidy from our friend The Vatican, who just ensainted another abortion opponent, Mother Teresa.