Saturday 3 December 2016

Nothing to see here, just a case of moral cowardice

When it comes to the Eighth Amendment, there's a queue of people scuttling for cover. Have we lost all conviction, asks Sarah Carey

Published 04/10/2015 | 02:30

'The Eighth Amendment has been in place for 32 years. And in that time has any doctor in Ireland ever been required to explain to a judge why they deliberately terminated a pregnancy?’
'The Eighth Amendment has been in place for 32 years. And in that time has any doctor in Ireland ever been required to explain to a judge why they deliberately terminated a pregnancy?’

There's no doubt about it: there's a single tyrannical narrative in this country, and every personal tragedy that can be, must be shoehorned into the official view - that the Eighth must go.

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Personally, I think the Amendment has no place in the Constitution - but when I observe the sad stories of women and their babies being mangled to fit that narrative, to the exclusion of all other issues and facts, I get annoyed.

And if you think that I'm exaggerating just look at how Michael McDowell was treated last year when he spoke out about the Right to Die case, the inquest into which was held last week.

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