Tuesday 19 November 2019

Look who's talking

• Allow me to have my un-emotive say on the deliberate termination of pregnancy.

Let me start by looking at "equal right to life" (just four words) from the perspective of the conceived, the foetus or the embryo. In fact, let me be him or her and his or her voice, as I lay snug in the protection of a womb.

"Equal right to life" suggests that I have a "say" in my life's progress, but obviously I cannot speak for myself as I am not developed enough yet. No one can deny that I exist, be my existence one, 10 or 32 weeks' duration.

No one can deny either that I am entirely reliant on others speaking on my behalf including my mother and father and third-parties in the medical, religious, political, and legal fields.

Just to complicate matters further, let us assume that I have been conceived through rape, incest or artificially in a test tube, and that I have a defective gene that gives me a one-in-10 chance of survival and that the general consensus is that my pregnancy and threatened viability should not be allowed to continue.

Now as a society, the Supreme Court has tasked us all to legislate for my "equal right to life". What if my own choice was to continue on and battle for survival? What if I was to succeed?

"Equal right to life" legislation? Yeah, right.

Vincent Holmes
Cnoc na Cathrach, Galway

Irish Independent

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