‘Better Answer’ campaign on abortion
Sir, – In discussing her new project in which actresses tell the stories of women who have had abortion, Liz Dunphy claims Youth Defence’s “Better Answer” campaign “was judgmental and an attempt to make anyone who had had an abortion feel shame and hurt” (Home News, August 6th). As one of five young women involved in the creative team who designed this campaign, I know for a fact that this is untrue. It is, however, the kind of unfounded assertion which is now expected against any pro-life project which successfully engages the public.
For the record, the pro-life awareness messages were inspired by women who had undergone abortion, and in particular by one mother who said that after her abortion, she felt as if her own life, as well as that of her unborn child, was torn apart. The experiences of these women should not be airbrushed out of the debate, and neither should the fact that abortion ends a baby’s life be ignored, however inconvenient that may be for abortion campaigners.
It is to be hoped that The Irish Times will give the same publicity to projects featuring the stories of mothers who have chosen life for their children, or the experiences of women hurt by abortion. – Yours, etc,