Wednesday 18 October 2017

IFPA should show usgreater clarity

THE Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is claiming that it is tackling a dishonesty in Irish law. It is referring to the decision in the X case.

As became clear from the public hearing of the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution, in mid-2000, this decision was itself lacking in honesty. The concern was with a “right to choose”, rather than saving the life of the mother. In addition, it is clear from the report, ‘Women and Crisis Pregnancy’, 1998, by Evelyn Mahon, that 99pc of abortions are carried out for social reasons.

The report does not clearly say that even one of the 4,400 abortions in the year chosen was necessary to save the life of the mother. It is dishonest, therefore, to claim that the taking of human life is necessary in these circumstances, when other purposes are, in fact, envisaged. IFPA might also be more honest and open about their own operations. It is evident from their own accounts that, in an annual income of almost €3m, 44pc (€1.25m) comes from the taxpayer. Is it not true to say, then, that the Irish taxpayer is a major funder of the action against Ireland at Strasbourg?

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