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Irish Government announces it will address abortion issue with new legislation, rules and regulations

by | Dec 18, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

James Reilly, Minister for Health

I claim no expertise on the volatile abortion situation in Ireland, so this will be a very general post while I try to contact experts in the U.K.

Press reports are that pro-abortionists are celebrating the Irish government’s announcement Tuesday that it will be spelling out the circumstances under which abortion will be legal. According to the government’s statement,

”The legislation should provide the clarity and certainty in relation to the process of deciding when a termination of pregnancy is permissible, that is where there is a real and substantial risk to the life, as opposed to the health, of the woman and this risk can only be averted by the termination of her pregnancy.”

Hilary White, writing previously in Lifesitenews.com, reports

Since the ruling in 2010 by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the “A,B & C case,” Irish politicians are said to have been in a state of chaos over abortion, with pressure from the global abortion lobby on one side, particularly at the European Union, and a public that opposes liberalization of the law on the other.

Although the ECHR ruling specifically said that the country is not under an obligation to legalize abortion, this has not stopped abortion lobbyists in the Dail [the lower house of the Irish Parliament], largely from Labour Party coalition partners, from insisting that the government legislate to allow abortion in “limited” circumstances. The media’s treatment of the death of Savita Halappanavar has only increased the pressure, leading to promises to bring in legislation before Christmas.

In the Dail James Reilly, Minister for Health, spoke of the coalition’s “firm commitment to implement the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the A, B and C v Ireland case and bring the required legal clarity to the issue of lawful abortion in Ireland.”

But, he said “that does not mean abortion on demand.”

As we have discussed numerous times, pro-abortionists are using Mrs. Halappanavar’s tragic death to leverage a major change in Irish law on abortion. Pro-lifers have noted that the journalist who broke the story, Kitty Holland of the Irish Times, has admitted that the facts of the case are still completely unclear.

“She also conceded that the central claim of her article, that the Halappanavars made repeated requests for an abortion, may ultimately prove to be unfounded,” according to LifeZine. “Holland had earlier acknowledged that the relevance of abortion to the case ‘has yet to be established.’”

Mrs. Halappanavars’ death has affected Irish public opinion, although not as unambiguously as the highly pro-abortion Irish press insists.

As NRL News Today has reported, a poll, conducted by Red C for the Sunday Business Post on a sample of over 1,000 adults nationwide, found that 85% said they supported legislation to allow abortion where the mother’s life is threatened, including by suicide. However, in a separate question, 63% said they would support a constitutional amendment to exclude “a threat of suicide as a ground for abortion, but still allowing abortion where the mother’s life is threatened outside of suicide.”

The Irish Times reported, “Dr, Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign welcomed the “high level of support for a constitutional amendment to limit the X case” [the  controversial 1992 Supreme Court decision] and said it was ‘very apparent’ that there was ‘huge confusion about the distinction between necessary medical treatments in pregnancy and abortion.’”

Meanwhile, it is not clear what rules and regulations/laws the Irish  government will propose. The Christian Science Monitor reports that “hearings will be held next month before a bill is drafted.”

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Categories: Abortion