ABORTION LAW 'A CULTURE OF DEATH' Bishop Warns of 'Inevitable' Path to Liberal Terminations
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LAWS to allow abortion when the mother's life is at risk are the first step "on the road to a culture of death", a leading cleric claimed yesterday.
Bishop of Kilmore Leo O'Reilly said the Government's plans to regulate and legislate to permit terminations will open the door to the most liberal kind of abortion.
He added the "careful balance" between the life of the mother and the equal right to life of the unborn child would be "fundamentally changed".
The Bishop said: "Legislating for Case X not only would legalise abortion for the first time in Ireland, it would inevitably lead to the most liberal kind of abortion.
"This would be a radical change in the culture of life we've had here in this country and let's not make any mistake about it - it would be an irrevocable change, there would not be any going back.
"And that, we believe, would be the first step on the way to what Pope John Paul has called a culture of death."
Bishop O'Reilly claimed even if the intention is to have very limited abortion, it will inevitably lead to a more liberal regime.
He said: "You cannot legislate for limited abortion, especially if the threat of suicide or of mental health grounds are considered grounds for abortion."
Bishop O'Reilly added the Government should have followed the guidelines or regulations option outlined in the expert group report on abortion.
Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, along with Archbishops Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly, and Michael Neary of Tuam have said legislating for abortion will pave the way for the direct and intentional killing of unborn children.
Enda Kenny blasted the Church's statement and rejected this wouldn't lead to a culture of death. …