Monday, January 7, 2013
Ireland is gearing up for a war between Church and state over abortion
The Irish government has announced that it’s going to push through legislation to legalize abortion. It will repeal existing legislation that makes an abortion a criminal offence and introduce regulations that say a doctor can perform an abortion if a woman’s life is regarded as being “at risk” – including if she’s "suicidal". The semantics of “suicidal” are suspicious. This could turn in to the old “risk to the woman’s health” formula that many countries use and is vague enough to allow abortion on demand. Whatever the result, this is a watershed moment for Ireland. Its political establishment has distanced itself from the country’s Catholic heritage and from the pro-life tradition.