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Dr Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin

A Catholic Bishop has claimed that women who have abortions after being raped were likely doing so to get back at their rapist.

The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran liken the termination of a foetus to that of killing a terminally ill patient, adding that “to kill another human being is always sinful”.

“The child is still a human being, you don’t destroy a life in order to get back at the mother’s rapist,” he said.

Speaking to mark the first day of the Spring Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, Bishop Doran told Newstalk Breakfast that it was not for him to pass judgement on those women who had travelled to the UK seeking terminations.

“It is between them and God, it isn’t a matter for public debate,” he said when questioned on whether they had committed a ‘sin’.

Asked about his view on abortions in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities, he said that “to suggest that the life of the child should be terminate because it will not live is to suggest that there’s no value to that life.”

Bishop Doran was speaking in the context of the upcoming referendum on same sex marriage, which he said, if passed, would undermine other marriages in Ireland.

He's accused the government of trying to pull the wool over people's eyes, saying that the term “marriage equality” was misleading.

‘The legislation that the Government is introducing seems primarily focused about making it possible for people in various different relationships to have children.’

Bishop Doran said that the Church was “not interested in judging the emotional bond or care people have for each other” but that, when it came to marriage and children, the discussion was about “two relationships, one of which, by its very definition, is about the rising of children, while the other is not,” he said.

When it was put to him that some gay people in Ireland already have children, Bishop Doran said: "They may have children, but you see this is the point, people who have children are not necessarily parents.

The Bishop of Elphin also expressed his belief that "the jury's out" on whether people are born gay, although he acknowledged he is was not an expert.

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