“I’m Pro-Choice But Can We Stop Talking About It Please”


AS PART of WWN’s Opinion series, we give a platform to people we really shouldn’t. Today is the turn of Paul Pulley, an ardent supporter of the pro-choice movement who thinks it’s time to tone it down a bit and maybe stop talking about abortion.

I challenge you to find someone who is more staunchly pro-choice than I am. I’ll save you some time and tell you not to bother searching, you’re not going to find anyone more anti-no choice than I am. And when you add the fact that I’m a man into the mix, that’s kind of impressive, isn’t it?

In school, I always preferred multiple choice questions in exams, are you picking up what I’m putting down? I’m pro-choice. Pick and mix at the cinema, browsing Netflix, build your own pizza option with Dominos. Choice, choice, choice. All you can eat buffets speak to me on a spiritual level.

For Christ sakes I even know what Broad City is and who Amy Schumer is and I legit don’t think she’s not unfunny.

Which brings me to my next point; us guys and gals in the pro-choice movement – let’s dial it back a bit. I mean, let’s not totally dial it back, but you know what I mean, let’s, like, sort of slightly maybe dial it back.

I get it, WE want abortion for everyone or some people in some cases (can’t remember which) but there’s no need to like make a big thing of it. We can take days off, weeks off even from talking about it. It’ll still be there when we get back from holidays, do you know what I mean?

I feel in a unique position to explain this to you all, having the ability to see the bigger picture outside of this issue. It’s not nice reminding people of the country they live in, and the reality of being a woman in Ireland. We’ve got to think about the bigger picture, the long game, the less abrasive game.

We’ve got to help ourselves and sometimes that means listening to reason, and just taking a chill pill. We’re probably not helping ourselves, constantly pointing out how the EU, the UN and Amnesty International regularly criticise our government when it comes to human rights.

So, in conclusion, I hope this speaks to you in a way the pro-choice movement spoke to me on a deep, deep level and I hope you embrace my sage advice the way I embraced pro-choice.