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“Abortion is never the basis for a humane or compassionate solution”

by | Nov 13, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

John Fleming, Bishop of Killala

As we’ve reported many times in National Right to Life News Today, Ireland is under a constant pro-abortion siege. I claim no expertise, although I am fascinated (in all the wrong ways) by the attempts to remove protection from unborn children.

One of the many tracks on which pro-abortionists are moving is a 1992 Irish Supreme Court decision whose meaning remains hotly contested. In 2010 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) “ruled that Ireland must clarify this [the meaning of the 1992 decision] in line with the amendment in its own Constitution outlawing abortion.” An “expert group,” appointed by the Irish government ” is nearing its long-delayed announcement of recommendations on how to clarify Irish abortion laws and comply with the ECHR judgment.”

John Fleming is Bishop of Killala and represents the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the bishops conferences of England Wales, and Scotland, on “Day for Life” matters. He has published a very thoughtful piece in Tuesday’s Irish Times.

He writes, “The manner in which [the Irish Government] responds could allow for the introduction of pro-abortion legislation for the first time in Ireland.”  His op-ed explains in careful detail why such “liberalization” should not come to pass.

“[T]he deliberate taking of innocent life can never be the basis for a genuinely humane or compassionate solution, Bishop Fleming writes. “Moreover, international experience indicates that once abortion is introduced, even for apparently very restricted or limited situations, it becomes more widespread than was first intended. Our campaign calls on Catholics to make their opposition to abortion known to our public representatives so the safety of all children in the womb will be preserved in our country.”

Please take five minutes of your time and read “Abortion is never the basis for a humane or compassionate solution

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