Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A New Twist on Abortion in Ireland

I have, as an ex-journalist, covered the abortion issue for years, both in secular media as well as Christian. This particular story from Ireland without a doubt has to be the most curious one I've seen yet. And more than a little disturbing.

It appears that Irish President Michael Higgins has signed legislation amending largely Catholic Ireland's restrictions on abortion. Apparently, one of the new law's provisions allows abortion in case of "life-threatening conditions." Sounds reasonable, doesn't it? However, the "life-threatening conditions" suggested by the new legislation includes if the woman in questions "threatens suicide unless she is allowed to get an abortion." Abortion by guilt-trip and blackmail, in other words.

This is a shining example of what pro-life proponents have said for eons about not strictly defining "health of the mother" exemptions from abortion restrictions. Most people would say that this means going through with giving birth would be physically fatal for the woman in question due to complications. But if one leaves "health" loosely defined, you can drive a Mack truck through such a definition.

I don't want anyone committing suicide. I don't want babies butchered in the womb either. But someone threatening suicide if they don't get to kill the baby in the womb is a bit much. Such an idea ought not to even be included in legislation like this. But now it is, and no doubt the new legislation will end up in court.

God help us.

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