It is a universally accepted fact in all civilised countries that every human being has a right to life. That is why by approving the twenty-first amendment of the constitution (a proposal to delete all references to the death penalty from the Constitution  on 7 June 2001.) the Irish people  abolished the Death Penalty. However in the name of women’s rights on the 18th September 2018 the Irish people by approving the 36th amendment of the constitution removed that protection from the unborn child.

Supporters of abortion claim the “woman’s right to choose”, and point to the ease with which abortion is available throughout the rest of the western world.

  1. Those who are in favour of abortion often cite the example of “rape” as a justification for abortion. However Abortion will not undo the violent act of “Rape”.
  2. Others simply say they want to end an unplanned (accidental) pregnancy. There are many ways to prevent pregnancy, not least of which is responsible sexual behaviour. An unborn child’s life should not be the price of sexual liberation.
  3. Many others cite the case of Fetal abnormalities as a justification for abortion “On Demand”, But what is an abnormality, does Downs Syndrome qualify as such an abnormality.

Many objectors to abortion claim the “right to life” of the unborn child. They fear a decline in moral standards is leading to a  lack of respect for human life, and devaluation the of women whom many fear are becoming mere objects for men’s sexual gratification.

While trying to reconcile the rights of the child and the rights of the woman, we cannot and must not try to impose our moral standards on others, however balancing the rights of the unborn child to life, and the reproductive rights of the woman, must not be determined by politicians. Politicians will always legislate with the next election in mind. The balance between the rights of a woman and the right to life of the unborn child, should be determined by medical science and the Supreme Court.

Replace the Eight amendment with a simple statement

Every human being has a Right to Life

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