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Archbishop rips proposal to allow abortion of deformed children in Northern Ireland

January 12, 2015

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh has said that Church leaders will “be making a robust and unapologetic defense of the right to life of both mothers and their terminally ill children during pregnancy” during a meeting with government officials in Northern Ireland this week.

Archbishop Martin objected strongly to a recommendation that abortion law be amended to allow for the destruction of an unborn child suffering from a grave physical defect. He observed that the proposal means “that totally innocent and terminally ill babies in the womb will no longer have an absolute right to life, nor the right to all the care and medical support that we would expect and wish for any child or adult who is terminally ill.”

The archbishop charged that a public consultation on amendments to the abortion law in Northern Ireland, led by justice minister David Ford, had shown an “extraordinary and unprecedented attempt… to exclude pro-life arguments from the debate.”


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