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03 / 08 / 2012 - Precious Life warn people not to let abortion be legalised in Ireland `through the back door`
Precious Life have warned people in the Republic of Ireland to remain vigilant to any Government attempts to legalise abortion "through the back door"
The Irish Government is awaiting an expert group report on how to respond to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on abortion.
A report in The Irish Independent said that a growing numbers of Fine Gael ministers and TDs believe legislation on abortion won't be introduced but that it will will be "regulated" instead.
Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth said, "The killing of unborn children cannot be 'regulated.' Abortion is a criminal offence. Killing a child in the womb is NEVER legal under ANY circumstances in Ireland."
"This is a classic tactic by pro-abortionists - when they know they don't have the support of the people to legalise abortion, they resort to trying to subtly introduce it 'through the back door'"
"This tactic was tried, but failed, in Northern Ireland when Precious Life fought a long running campaign to expose Department of Health 'Guidelines on Abortion' which were also an attempt to legalise abortion 'through the back door' against the wishes of the people."
She added, "There is no need for a change to Irish law following ECHR ruling. This is not a matter for a foreign court to decide. Any decision on abortion in Ireland should only be made by the Irish people, who have the sovereign right to decide on issues of national importance. and the vast majority of Irish people want our unborn children to remain protected."
"The law against abortion and child destruction is bascially the same in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The core purpose of these laws is for the protection of the unborn child. This, however, does not stop doctors from providing any genuine life-saving treatment that a pregnant mother may require, even in rare cases where the unborn child - after all efforts are made to save his/her life - unintentionally dies."
Bernadette Smyth concluded, "Precious Life is closely watching the situation and we will do everything we can to stop any attempt to legalise abortion in Ireland ‘through the back door’. Precious Life will continue working to keep abortion here not only illegal but unthinkable!”
Meanwhile, Precious Life has welcomed the news that Donegal County Council passed a motion opposing any form of legislation on abortion.
The wording of the approved motion is as follows;
“In keeping with the will of the Irish people, as emphatically expressed in the referendum of 1983, Donegal County Council opposes any form of legalisation of abortion in any circumstances”
The motion, which was brought forward by Cllr Renagh Donaghey from Buncrana was backed by the majority of county councillors.
Seventeen councillors backed the motion.
John Campbell (Independent) voted against the motion while the following abstained: Marie Therese Gallagher (Sinn Fein), Cora Harvey (Sinn Fein), Jack Murray (Sinn Fein), Mick Quinn (Sinn Fein), John Boyle (Fine Gael), Ian McGarvey (Independent).
Bernadette Smyth said, "Its great to see that Donegal County Council are not afraid to stand up for the rights of unborn babies and to make their views known through this important resolution. We would encourage people all over Ireland to contact their local councillors ask them to follow Donegal's lead and be a voice for the unborn child"