Tuesday 7 July 2015

Right to life is basis of all rights

Published 06/01/2013 | 05:00

Madam – Gene Kerrigan's recent article berating the pro-life movement for not vindicating the right to life of children allegedly aborted in England each year is a testament to his intolerance and shows how bereft of logic and intelligence his position is.

The reason the pro-life movement does not attempt to stop anyone going to England is that it recognises the right of each jurisdiction to frame its own laws.

If we were to legislate on the basis of laws currently in existence in other countries, then a strong case could be made for legalising prostitution and paedophilia. If Mr Kerrigan opposes the legalisation of these then, by his own logic, he should be striving to prevent any person from Ireland from going to those places where they are freely available.

The pro-life movement recognises that a person has the right to go abroad and partake of whatever services are legally available (even if those services are abhorrent), but they also have the right and the duty to ensure the laws of this country fully reflect the fundamental right to life that is the absolute basis of all other rights.

Peter Kelliher,

Aghadoe, Killarney, Co Kerry

Sunday Independent

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