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.
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."