I saw a post the other day – I’m sorry I can’t remember the author – which bemoaned this new Supreme Court justice in the USA, who I’ve also heard describes as ultra-conservative. One of their beefs was that abortion would become more restricted.

Let me tell you what happened in Ireland.

For years, Ireland banned abortion. It was only made legal – following a staggeringly one-sided referendum in 2018. Even now, it is not particularly “available”. But the result of abortion being banned was that rich people travelled to England to have their abortions, where it has been legal since the late 1960s. Poor people, being unable to afford the transport cost, had to stay home and have their babies.

If you restrict abortion in the USA, rich people will go out-of-state, or disappear to Mexico or especially Canada for a few days, and still get their abortions. Poor people will not be able to travel and will end up having unwanted babies.

Make no mistake, this is about penalising poverty, not choice.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

9 thoughts on “Poverty”

  1. Exactly. And where are those people when the cost of raising a child for at least 18 years overwhelms the parent, or they mentally can’t handle it? In their homes refusing welfare benefits to the poor.

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    1. I think the thing for me is that if you make rules, and people don’t like them, then the world is a big enough place that they will sidestep them. So not abortion, per se. I mean, look at Amazon and Starbucks and their taxes. They pay very little here, I presume it’s the same there.

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    1. People will inevitably offer “solutiuons” for those unable to travel. That’s another thing – by restricting you are deregulating – anything goes. It’s like the argument that legalising drugs would make the quality better.


  2. Exactly. Everyone wants these unwanted babies born to be born but then won’t provide funds to take care of them. Sometimes birth control doesn’t work and then what? You can’t have one without providing solutions. It is a woman’s choice not to be decided by wealthy old men.


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