Abortion law won't protect unborn, says Martin
ARCHBISHOP of Dublin Diarmuid Martin says plans to legislate for abortion here could leave unborn children with less protection than in countries with more liberal laws.
Dr Martin said he is particularly concerned about any law on aborting a foetus where there is a threat to the life of the mother because of suicide.
He fears that this could lead to situations where doctors felt the need to certify that a "destructive abortion" was required – which would bring an end to the life of the unborn child, when the child might be delivered alive.
Meanwhile it was claimed that hundreds of Irish women are left traumatised and suicidal after they have an abortion.
A support group for those suffering from the after-effects of terminating a pregnancy said others were silenced by shame.
Bernadette Goulding, of Women Hurt, said: "I had an abortion and have been deeply damaged. I meet hundreds of women now who come to my abortion recovery programme... I meet many women who are suicidal."
The women spoke as they went to meet with politicians in Leinster House, who will have to vote on legislation to allow abortion for suicidal women.