Ireland: mobilisation of the bishops against the legalisation of abortion

Publié le : 7 June 2013

 In Ireland, where abortion has been illegal since a referendum in 1983 and where this ban is inscribed in the constitution, the government wishes to revise it. The bill to be submitted to Parliament before the summer is designed to authorise a termination of pregnancy "when the mother’s life is in danger, including when she manifests suicidal ideation," and if three doctors give their approval.

To express their opposition to this bill, the bishops published a newsletter entitled "Chose Life 2013", intended for parishes, and made a number of statements. In early May, in a joint statement, they pointed out that this bill, if it was adopted, would represent "a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law," and called for a health system, which "ensures complete respect for the sacredness of the life both of the mother and her unborn baby."   
The bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Mons. Denis Nulty, stated: "Mothers deserve nothing less than the best medical and psychiatric care available, especially during pregnancy when the lives of two persons … are at stake.” In the wider context, Mons. Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, pointed out that the issue of abortion cannot be presented "in a simplistic and superficial way as Church versus State." Because, he pointed out, this involves a "universal value", and "the right to life is such an inviolable right that no individual and no State may ever modify or destroy it."

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