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Saturday 30 August 2014

Letters: Church owed an apology for outrageous comment

Published 14/05/2013 | 05:42

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Dear Sir, I wish to take issue with what Ger Walsh has written in his article 'Church's predictable abortion reaction, but have they really thought it through'.

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The part of the article with which I take issue is the outrageous and completely unfounded comment 'it appears that the Church's position if brought to its logical conclusion would in some instances see women being allowed to die in the hope of saving the unborn'.

He has not provided one shred of evidence in the article to support that ill informed comment.

The Church's position, as I understand it, is the same as that of the Irish Medical Council's Guideline regarding the termination of a pregnancy section 21.4, which states 'In current obstetrical practice, rare complications can arise where therapeutic intervention (including termination of a pregnancy) is required at a stage when, due to extreme immaturity of the baby, there may be little or no hope of the baby surviving. In these exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary to intervene to terminate the pregnancy to protect the life of the mother, while making every effort to preserve the life of the baby.'

Based on recent media coverage, you could be forgiven for thinking that Ireland, without abortion, is among the most dangerous countries in the world for pregnant women.

The fact is that out of 171 countries worldwide, Ireland is consistently in the top five for women's safety in pregnancy over the last 25 years. World class care is delivered today by the medical professionals in this country under existing principles and guidelines.

Unless Ger Walsh can provide evidence to back up his ill informed and inflammatory comment he should immediately apologise to the Church for such a comment.

Yours,

John Mullins

Chairperson

County Wexford Pro-life Campaign

Wexford People

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