Tuesday 6 December 2016

False idea that abortion is a human right attacks the humanity of unborn children

Dr Ruth Cullen

Published 26/06/2015 | 02:30

Colm O'Gorman, Exective Director of Amnesty International, Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Salil Shetty, Sectary General of Amnesty International pictured at the Amnesty International launch of a new major report into abortion. Amnesty International are calling on the Irish Government to change the law to allow women and girls access to safe and legal abortions
Colm O'Gorman, Exective Director of Amnesty International, Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Salil Shetty, Sectary General of Amnesty International pictured at the Amnesty International launch of a new major report into abortion. Amnesty International are calling on the Irish Government to change the law to allow women and girls access to safe and legal abortions

If the Law Reform Commission were to issue a statement based on human rights that don't exist. questions would be asked. Should the author be sacked? Has the commission lost its way? Or is it trying to manipulate the general public by misrepresenting what the law is?

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These are important questions to bear in mind when reading the "concluding observations" of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which were issued last week following a two-day discussion in Geneva.

The committee took the opportunity to criticise Ireland's abortion laws but, much like the report that was issued earlier this month by Amnesty International, its comments are based on a blunder.

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