Sunday 24 September 2017

The Government's claim to be pro-child and pro-mother is hypocritical humbug

Pro Choice supporters hold a protest on O'Connell Street calling on the Government to repeal the 8th amendment
Pro Choice supporters hold a protest on O'Connell Street calling on the Government to repeal the 8th amendment

A great deal of the coverage of the 'Migrant X' story since it broke last weekend has centred on the plight of the young woman at the centre of the case. Her plight has rightly received much attention.

Far less attention, however, has been paid to the plight of the baby. Thanks to our new abortion law that baby was delivered three months early. The baby is likely to survive, but because of its extreme prematurity is about 80pc likely to suffer a handicap.

This is what our legislators have wrought. It is what a Government that claims to be pro-child has wrought. A way could have been found to care for both the mother and her baby but instead the loudest complaint we are hearing is that the baby wasn't aborted. The complaint should be that this baby may suffer health difficulties a direct result of the policy of this 'pro-child' Government.

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