Day to celebrate

First published in Letters

A DAY to celebrate — Forty Days, the American anti-abortionists who stood outside the family planning clinic in Cardiff have gone back home.

There in the US, their message starts with praying on the streets and ends with harassment, including photographing women entering the Pregnancy Advisory service, website hacking and even physical violence.

The counter demonstration of pro-choice men and women stood opposite the prayer vigil in St Mary Street with a very different message. No going back to the days of illegal backstreet abortions which have killed so many desperate women; 200 women die every day around the world from unsafe abortions. For many vulnerable young women, abortions for the sake of their physical or mental health are not easily accessible.

Every one of us has the right to campaign for our beliefs; but let’s hope that tolerance, not US-style fundamentalism, is the message of hope we give to women in crisis.

For us it was a small victory for tolerance thanks to the men and women who stood in the counter demonstration through all winds and weather to stand up for women’s rights.

Ray Davies and Wendy Lewis Pandy Road Caerphilly

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4:37pm Wed 16 Apr 14

welshmen says...

All I would say on this is, human life is very special and should be respected, some have different point's of view, but if a woman abort's because the sex of the child is not what she wants then she should be sterilised at the same time, so there's no chance of a repeat....
All I would say on this is, human life is very special and should be respected, some have different point's of view, but if a woman abort's because the sex of the child is not what she wants then she should be sterilised at the same time, so there's no chance of a repeat.... welshmen
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2:24pm Thu 17 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

welshmen wrote:
All I would say on this is, human life is very special and should be respected, some have different point's of view, but if a woman abort's because the sex of the child is not what she wants then she should be sterilised at the same time, so there's no chance of a repeat....
Whilst I give you a vote out of a sympathetic agreement to some extent, I also have to keep in mind that abortion being used as a contraceptive measure can also be looked at in a similar light. Overall, we tend to concentrate on the whole, which steers us away from the necessity of taking into account the circumstances of the individual. which of course then often gives us a more sensible approach to the subject, than demonstrated by those idiots from across the Pond who are invariably infected with that most potent of diseases,...religion
.... and the fervour, (or should I say fever) it generates in their unstable minds.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: All I would say on this is, human life is very special and should be respected, some have different point's of view, but if a woman abort's because the sex of the child is not what she wants then she should be sterilised at the same time, so there's no chance of a repeat....[/p][/quote]Whilst I give you a vote out of a sympathetic agreement to some extent, I also have to keep in mind that abortion being used as a contraceptive measure can also be looked at in a similar light. Overall, we tend to concentrate on the whole, which steers us away from the necessity of taking into account the circumstances of the individual. which of course then often gives us a more sensible approach to the subject, than demonstrated by those idiots from across the Pond who are invariably infected with that most potent of diseases,...religion .... and the fervour, (or should I say fever) it generates in their unstable minds. varteg1
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10:48am Sun 20 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Hmm...I find it somewhat disconcerting that American fundamentalists got past airport security in the first place! I thought there were rules about religious extremists entering Britain - or are such rules only applied to extremists with the Muslim faith and not to other faiths? The behaviour of people like the Westboro Baptist Church shows that there are extremists in every religion and that any religion can attract those who are dangerously deranged and a threat to public safety.
Hmm...I find it somewhat disconcerting that American fundamentalists got past airport security in the first place! I thought there were rules about religious extremists entering Britain - or are such rules only applied to extremists with the Muslim faith and not to other faiths? The behaviour of people like the Westboro Baptist Church shows that there are extremists in every religion and that any religion can attract those who are dangerously deranged and a threat to public safety. Katie Re-Registered
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