Catholics in the north and south of Ireland will no longer be able to vote for Sinn Fein.

Catholics in the north and south of Ireland will no longer be able to vote for Sinn Fein. A Catholic in good conscience cannot vote for a politician who has a clear record of supporting abortion. Sinn Fein can no longer fool the electorate. It is very clear that they are pro-abortion and do not strive to protect the lives of Ireland’s unborn children.

Speaking for the party leadership, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald stated that ‘we have to be in a position, notwithstanding the diversity of view and the passion within our ranks, to come to a considered view, and we have done that on this issue. The issue of protecting a woman’s life is not just a conscience issue; it’s a public health issue.’

However, there are no medical conditions when the life, physical or mental health of a pregnant woman can only be saved by direct abortion. There is a moral difference between direct abortion, which is when the doctor acts with the specific and deliberate intent to kill the unborn child, and appropriate medical treatment administered to a pregnant woman which may result in the death of the unborn child as an unintentional side effect of that treatment. Pregnant women deserve better treatment than abortion.

Sinn Fein has denied their party the right to vote on conscience, and it is now time for the Catholic Church to inform the conscience of the people. Sinn Fein has shown they have no concern for the conscience of their party members, and not only want to control the conscience of their party members but to go a step further by disregarding the Church’s teaching. 

In the Vatican's Declaration on Procured Abortion in 1974 it was made clear that we must ‘never obey a law which is in itself, immoral […]. Nor can [we] take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law or vote for it.’ Pope John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae declared that direct abortion always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being; ‘no circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself and proclaimed by the Church’.

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