A day of shame for Ireland

LETTER

The repeal of Article 8 of the Irish Constitution marks a day of shame for the people of Ireland. It represents the tyranny of the born over the unborn.

Article 8 in the constitution acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect and as far as practicable, by its laws, to defend and vindicate that right.

The Irish Parliament will now amend the law to withdraw the protection of the state for the right to life of the unborn, the weakest and most defenceless members of the Irish nation.

Our right to life is not conferred on us by the state or by public consent, it is conferred on us by our Creator at conception.

For Ireland to allow for its own children to be killed before birth is a crime against humanity. The repeal of Article 8 does not make the killing of the unborn right, nor can any law make it just.

A compassionate society will do all in its power to support and love the mother and baby. Our right to life is the foundation of our human rights.

Ken OrR, Right to Life

The repeal of Article 8 of the Irish Constitution marks a day of shame for the people of Ireland. It represents the tyranny of the born over the unborn.

Article 8 in the constitution acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect and as far as practicable, by its laws, to defend and vindicate that right.

The Irish Parliament will now amend the law to withdraw the protection of the state for the right to life of the unborn, the weakest and most defenceless members of the Irish nation.

Our right to life is not conferred on us by the state or by public consent, it is conferred on us by our Creator at conception.

For Ireland to allow for its own children to be killed before birth is a crime against humanity. The repeal of Article 8 does not make the killing of the unborn right, nor can any law make it just.

A compassionate society will do all in its power to support and love the mother and baby. Our right to life is the foundation of our human rights.

Ken OrR, Right to Life

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Martin Hanson, Nelson - 4 months ago
Two points: First, does Mr Orr believe that abortion is wrong in ALL circumstances (as in Malta), or would he accept that danger to the mother's life could be grounds for abortion (as in Ireland at the moment), or what about cases of rape, incest, or severe foetal abnormality? Specific statements on these points would invite constructive discussion, but maybe this is what he is afraid of.
Second, over half the population are not religious, so statements about right to life being conferred by a creator when the sperm enters the egg are considered to be without a shred of evidence.

curious of whataupoko - 4 months ago
Hi Ken

You honestly think that the Irish Catholic Church selling babies, turning their unwed mothers into slaves in the Magdalene Laundries, refusing to condone birth control, getting more of these poor girls pregnant while they were under church care was a better system than allowing women to make decisions about their own bodies?

I think if you don't have a womb, you shouldn't have an opinion. Then again, perhaps I'm not as enlightened as you are.

Talking of opinions, what's yours on Australian Archbishop Wilson, who's facing up to two years in prison after being convicted just last week of concealing child sex abuse by fellow priest James Fletcher in the 1970s?

Odd that you feel so strongly about the rights of foetuses, yet have nothing to say in condemnation about the members of your church who prey on the children in their care . . .

Turei Kaa - 4 months ago
I don't even know why they let you in the opinion pages Ken, you are nothing but a zealot with a drum to beat. Sickening really. I know that people have their opinion but geez man, you certainly take the cake. Take a cake, have a break please!

Lysh - 4 months ago
If you don't have a uterus, you don't get to have an opinion. The end.

Tony Lee - 4 months ago
Mr Orr, the people of Ireland have spoken to reject the notion that the right to life is conferred by a creator at conception. This decision will not in any way diminish the rights of those who subscribe to your idea of a morality ordained by a supernatural being. Indeed they will be free to exercise their opposition to abortion and support of Article 8 simply by not having an abortion. Everyone's a winner. Isn't democracy great!

Richard - 4 months ago
Creationists - well that's an oxymoron to begin with.

A look back into the history of mankind reveals that the majority of the acts of destruction of human life have been conducted on the basis of one religious community vis another, and it continues barbarically even as I write. And it must not be ignored that fratricide was and still is a favoured weapon of the zealots.

Whilst today the focus of hostility is very much on Islamic internecine combat it is clearly accountable that indeed the Catholics have been the greatest destructive protagonist against the human race since planet earth came into existence.

So on the register of curtailing a humane life abortion is demonstrably a very small percentage; plus unlike other acts of death (civil murder, religious or state-sponsored war, disease, natural disaster or accidents) the act of abortion can in itself be a life saver. Another inconvenient fact that the "creationists" deliberately overlook.

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