Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Irish leader says allowing some abortion promotes 'culture of life'

Catholic World News - December 20, 2012

Boldly borrowing the language of Catholic Pontiffs, Ireland’s Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has said that legislation introduced by his government to allow abortion in some cases will promote a “culture of life.”

Kenny claimed that the proposed change in Irish law, which would allow abortion if the mother’s health is endangered, is “about the protection of the lives of women and full respect for the life of the unborn.”

The Taoiseach rejected criticism from Ireland’s four archbishops, who said that the proposal would lead to a much broader acceptance of legal abortion. Kenny said that he plans to discuss the issue when he meets with Church leaders in January.

However, the Irish political leader also issued a public reminder of his disputes with the Catholic Church by claiming that he had been threatened with “revenge” for criticizing the Vatican. He did not identify the source of the threat, nor did he say what form the “revenge” might take.

Meanwhile a leading Irish pro-life activist argued that the government’s case for a change in the country’s abortion law is based on a series of falsehoods. In an Irish Times op-ed column, William Binchy said that the death of Savita Halappanavar, which has been used as the rallying point for efforts to end the abortion ban, would not have been prevented by the proposed legislation. Moreover, he writes, the European Court of Human Rights did not call upon Ireland to change its fundamental law, and the “expert group” appointed by the government to study the law had a broad mandate to consider other options.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Dec. 20, 2012 6:26 PM ET USA

    The government of Ireland is going the same direction as ours did twenty years or so ago. God forgive them.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle 16 hours ago
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed 16 hours ago
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? 21 hours ago
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17