Monday 26 February 2018

Bishop says Government under no obligation to legislate for X case

The Government is under no obligation to legislate for the X case, the Bishop of Cork & Ross Dr John Buckley has said.

“It is certain, as has happened in all other countries, that over time this legislation will be interpreted in an ever more permissive way.  There is no such thing as a restrictive abortion regime.  Every citizen, not just people of faith, should be deeply concerned.”

In a pastoral letter he said: “The Government is proposing to introduce legislation for the first time in Irish history which will provide for the direct and intentional ending of the life of innocent human beings.  Few other actions of a Government undermine our values as a people more profoundly. It is always gravely wrong to deliberately end or destroy a human life or to facilitate this through legislation.  On Saturday last, tens of thousands of women, men and children gathered in Dublin to express their support for the equal right to life of mothers and their unborn children.

“The Bill is not necessary to ensure that women receive the life-saving treatments they need during pregnancy.  The medical treatment of mothers whose lives are in danger is always morally permissible even if this results in the unintended death of a child in the womb.  The Catholic Church has never taught that the life in the womb should be preferred to that of the mother.  Current law and medical guidelines in Ireland allow nurses and doctors in Irish hospitals to apply this vital distinction in practice.  People supporting abortion are blurring the distinction between medical intervention and an abortion which is the direct ending of the life of the unborn child.”

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