Ms Purvis described his comments as a disgrace, saying it was such language that 'criminalises women' and made Northern Ireland 'the backwater that it is'. Mr Larkin then replied: 'Help me out Dawn, tell me the logical distinction between destroying the unborn child in the womb, seconds before birth and putting a bullet in the head of the child two days after it's born.'
However this is very much a media-generated controversy. I haven't heard anyone outside the media commenting on it and it is certainly not a subject that comes up in general conversation.
in 1938 she wrote to the Courier-Mail newspaper in Brisbane saying, 'I was glad you gave space to the fact that the Queensland Medical Association is planning "an extensive educational campaign against the evil of abortion". The majority of married women do not realise the frightful injury they do to themselves and to their possible future children by an abortion.'
Moreover, she was a friend of the American writer Avro Manhattan and when a female friend of Manhattan had an abortion, Marie Stopes accused him of murdering the child!
However I haven't heard any pro-abortionists demanding the removal of Marie Stopes name from the clinic. Neither have I heard representatives of the Marie Stopes clinic being questioned in the media about the fact that the person whose name the clinic bears described abortion as murder.
But maybe that's too difficult a question for some of our local media.