Thursday 15 November 2018

Final Results

Repeal the Eighth Amendment?

Yes 66.40% 1,429,981

No 33.60% 723,632

  • Constituencies declared: 40/40

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Abortion can be 'more difficult' for a woman than being raped, says bishop

Monsignor Dermot Farrell
Monsignor Dermot Farrell

Kathy Armstrong and Fiona Dillon

Abortion can be "much more difficult" for women to recover from than rape, a Catholic bishop has claimed.

The Bishop of Ossory, Monsignor Dermot Farrell, has urged people to vote No in the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment on May 25. He has claimed that people are "not just voting on a law, we're voting on a value system".

Dr Farrell said he feels our abortion laws shouldn't be relaxed and this includes when women have conceived through rape. Speaking on 'The Pat Kenny Show' on Newstalk radio yesterday, he said: "Rape is a violent act and it is a violent crime against women, and it is a terrible crime.

"What I understand from women who have been raped is that the abortion sometimes after rape was far worse than the rape itself.

"And it was much, much more difficult to get over."

He said that pregnancies as a result of incest were "difficult and complex" but insisted that abortion was not the answer.

Dr Farrell added: "We might not like how the child has been conceived but what you are trying to do is balance rights here. The right of life to the child is paramount."

He also said the debate around abortion was "the most important social and justice issue of our time".

He said: "My fundamental argument is that the right to life is fundamental - and that all other rights are based on that, no matter what other right we talk about."

The bishop's comments drew criticism, with people on social media questioning his stance on the issue.

Irish Independent

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