One good reason we can change public opinion on abortion

People often pose me the question: Why do you guys actually think you can make a difference? Why do you guys think you can actually change public opinion? The answer, obviously, is multi-faceted and rooted in how we know our strategy works. But for today, I’d like to answer that question with a story. It […]

Lack of maternity resources for women in crisis is a real concern

The lack of support for women who experience mental illness during or after pregnancy in Ireland should now be a matter of serious concern. While greater attention is welcome in regards to access for care, much of the discussion in recent times has been towards regarding abortion as a solution for women who are pregnant […]

There’s a baby fighting for life in an ICU, and these people want him dead

Who could possibly not feel anything but enormous compassion for a tiny baby boy born at just 25 weeks gestation and fighting for life in intensive care? His tiny lungs will be struggling to catch breath, his fragile body filled with tubes, and he may be left with a host of problems including brain damage, […]

Abortion law has now left a child struggling for life in a NICU

ENDA KENNY’S ABORTION law has fallen at the first hurdle, and has left a tiny baby, born to a vulnerable and distressed mother, struggling for life in a neo-natal ICU. This is an appalling situation, and the compassionate support required for the young woman involved was complicated, not assisted, by the abortion legislation which has […]

An open letter to Judge Myron Thompson, regarding violence, truth, and the overuse of pseudonyms

An open letter from Sarah Howell to Judge Thompson Dear Judge Myron Thompson, I believe it would be a gross understatement to say that I found your recent ruling on the Planned Parenthood vs. Governor Bentley case unsettling. Not just a portion of the ruling, but the entire thing – all 172 long pages, each […]

Remembering the first time I debated abortion

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard the argument: “We shouldn’t show pictures of abortion victims because it will hurt post-abortive women!” I resent that argument for quite a few reasons. First of all, it ignores the many post-abortive women who have joined us on the streets, courageously using their stories to help […]

Through the window of an abortion clinic

I like exploring abandoned buildings, especially old houses, with their sagging floors, peeling wallpaper, and malevolently drooping staircases. But some abandoned places are creepier than others, because of what happened there—where the silence doesn’t seem to quite fit. That’s what an abandoned abortion clinic feels like. In April of last year, I travelled with one […]

Jessica Valenti says the anti-abortion movement is losing. She’s wrong.

Jessica Valenti of The Guardian has come out with an announcement: “Welcome to the beginning of the end of the anti-abortion movement.” Valenti’s columns are usually good for a laugh—she’s constantly opining on the sinister right-wing plots of octogenarian priests to force all women to have a least a dozen children for the Mother Church […]