The title of this post is a question that I have been privately wondering about for some time now. It’s a question that I was faced with when I began losing my faith a few years ago, and it is a big reason why I left the Catholic Church four or five years before becoming an atheist. I’m making this post because I feel that it has particular relevancy now, considering the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
This is the second of a two-part post about abortion. This part is about my opinion on Savita, Irish law and the public reaction. For part 1 (about why I am pro-choice), click here.
The recent death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway has brought the abortion debate back in to the public sphere. I even ended up debating about it with my parents yesterday morning. Unsurprisingly, my mum was outraged and my dad “wanted to wait until he had all the facts”, and therefore, in my opinion anyway, completely missed the point of the entire thing.
I wrote this on my old blog a while ago, in light of the tragedy of Savita Halappanavar, who died in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion. I’m going to assume that you know what happened, and if you didn’t, then you can click on the link above and read about it. I was having a discussion on Twitter with two friends of mine about abortion and I quickly realised that (shockingly) 140 characters was nowhere near enough space in which to make a proper argument.