Small turnout for Pro-Life group meeting
FOOTAGE of a foetus developing in a womb, followed by a clip showing the effect of an abortion, was screened in the Nano Nagle room in An Díseart in Dingle last Wednesday night.
The film was part of a presentation by Pro-Life campaigner Dennis O'Connor who travelled to Dingle with fellow campaigners Paul and Anne Keeling, Helen O'Connor and Kate Murphy to outline their position in relation to abortion, what their views are on legislating for the X Case and the inquest surrounding the death of Savita Halappanavar.
During the meeting, which attracted a modest turnout, Mr O'Connor described how he, and his fellow campaigners felt that the "unborn baby was left out of the discussion."
"Polls are confusing everybody," said Mr O'Connor who said he believes that "legislating for the X case is about abortion" and he criticised the "attack by the Government" on the current legislation surrounding abortion in Ireland.
In the X case of 1992, then chief justice Thomas Finlay stated that "if it is established as a matter of probability that there is a real and substantial risk to the life, as distinct from the health of the mother, which can only be avoided by the termination of her pregnancy, such termination is permissible, having regard to the true interpretation of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution".