Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Irish justice minister wants wider access to abortion

Catholic World News - July 25, 2013

Ireland’s justice minister has called for broader access to abortion, even before a new law allowing some legal abortions takes effect.

Alan Shatter said that the legislation that has won approval by the country’s lawmakers, allowing for abortion if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, does not go far enough. He called for a new measure to allow abortion in cases involving rape, incest, or severe fetal abnormalities, saying that it is a “great cruelty” to women to ban abortion in such instances. He said that eventually legislators would be asked to take up the controversial topic once again.

Earlier this month, Irish legislators gave overwhelming approval to the new legislation allowing legal abortion in some circumstances, including when the mother says she is suicidal. President Michael Higgins must now decide whether to sign the bill into law or ask the nation’s Supreme Court to determine its constitutionality. Irish pro-lifers have promised a legal challenge if Higgins signs the bill.

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 five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,300 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,700.48
52% 48%
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 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: rhmazyck8126664 - Jul. 25, 2013 11:52 PM ET USA

    Slippery slope.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jul. 25, 2013 11:13 PM ET USA

    Wow!! Like, this took me completely by surprise!! Like, I was sure that Satan's minions would be completely satisfied once they got abortion legalized for those specific instances when everyone just knows, like, kill the baby to save the chick, right?!! Like, what's so hard about that!! But I never, like, never, ever thought they'd want to go any further than that!! Wow, man!! Like, should we just give them whatever they want?! Like, I just don't know anymore, man.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering 15 hours ago
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20