Fidelma Healy Eames: Foundation stone of our respect for life shattered
This is a momentous time in Irish history, for all the wrong reasons. For the first time, the Dail will endorse the principle that some human beings are less deserving of protection than others. Under the misnamed 'Protection of Life in Pregnancy' Bill 2013, legislators are to give the go-ahead for the intentional destruction of unborn human life, without evidence to do so.
They do this despite the fact that abortion is not a recognised medical treatment for any condition. Under the pretence of "protecting women" we are introducing an abortion regime which will allow for abortion up until birth where two psychiatrists judge that a woman is suicidal. This is a horrendous scenario, unmatched by any other country I know of.
For myself, I have never been part of a 'pro-life' or 'pro-choice' group. I looked at the evidence and was guided by that, by a desire to help women in crisis informed by a fundamental value that life is precious. That has been my approach to this legislation from the start and the reason why I ultimately decided to oppose it.