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Sunday 20 April 2014

Abortion debate shouldn’t be rushed, warns Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

ONE of the country’s most senior Catholic bishops says time is needed to discuss proposed abortion laws.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin admitted that abortion is a very divisive issue for the country following the death of Savita Halappanavar.



“I think the question in Galway is a very specific case, we don’t know the details of it yet,” he said.



“I think both the Taoiseach and Health Minister have said this is too big an issue to run into and I would agree with that. Time should be taken to examine (it),” he added.



“We have one of the lowest levels of maternal mortality in the world – that is a result of an ethical commitment on the part of our medical profession.”



“We should be proud of that and should try to continue that,” Archbishop Martin added.



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