Catholic bishops pile on the pressure over proposed abortion legislation. Trying to piss on basic human rights once again. Especially women’s rights. Look at their record, in 1995 they campaigned hard to keep divorce illegal in Ireland. Now they want to keep any form of abortion illegal, even if it could save the mothers life. Go figure!!!! These guys are bronze age wizards!

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Catholic bishops pile on the pressure over proposed abortion legislation

Joint statement expected from their summer meeting this week

Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly:  attended the “Vigil for Life” rally at Dublin’s Merrion Square on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly: attended the “Vigil for Life” rally at Dublin’s Merrion Square on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Patsy McGarry

First published:Mon, Jun 10, 2013, 01:00

The Catholic bishops will intensify pressure on the Government this week over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill when they issue a joint statement in outright opposition to it. It will be a crucial element in what has been their most concerted campaign against any piece of proposed legislation in Ireland since the 1995 divorce referendum.

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Over the weekend the third of their Choose Life 2013 leaflets opposing the Bill was read at Masses throughout the State. It described as “unreliable” assurances that it would provide very limited access to abortion in response to suicidal ideation and said it also failed to adequately balance the right to life of mother and child, unlike current law.

Leaflet campaign
The leaflet was part of a 10-week campaign by the bishops which began on May 22nd and continues until the end of July. It is being distributed every Thursday to parishes throughout the State by the Catholic Communications Office in Maynooth.

The bishops are in Maynooth today, tomorrow and Wednesday for their summer meeting which will be their last before the Bill is due to go before the Dáil next month. Their joint statement is expected to be issued either tomorrow or, most likely, on Wednesday.

It will reiterate their belief that human life is sacred from the moment of conception and to point out that the Government does not have to provide for abortion in Ireland to comply with the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

They are also expected to emphasise that it is never necessary to target the life of the baby in the womb to save the life of the mother and that international experience shows that once abortion is legalised, even in apparently very limited situations, it becomes more widespread than was first intended.

Free vote
Where the Dáil is concerned the bishops are expected to repeat calls for a free vote on the Bill, as made by the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at the weekend. Among the thousands who attended the “Vigil for Life” rally at Dublin’s Merrion Square on Saturday were Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary, Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly and Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce.

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5 thoughts on “Catholic bishops pile on the pressure over proposed abortion legislation. Trying to piss on basic human rights once again. Especially women’s rights. Look at their record, in 1995 they campaigned hard to keep divorce illegal in Ireland. Now they want to keep any form of abortion illegal, even if it could save the mothers life. Go figure!!!! These guys are bronze age wizards!

  1. And RC bishops who officially can not have children have audacity to demand those things? Why don’t we deport them to Vatican and leave them there? They have no business to talk about public issues and demand anything. They are agents of foreign country who serve a man who is the only despot in Europe. They have no rights to speak at all.

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  2. They are so concerned about abortion….but could give two craps less that the RCC is responsible for the rapes and tortures of hundreds of thousands children. Maybe the reason they want abortions illegal is not to put a stop to it, but to have a fresh supply of children to molest and rape. Hey they gotta have the kids for their kiddie porno groups ya know.

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  3. They claim, “Once abortion is legalised, even in apparently very limited situations, it becomes more widespread than was first intended.” To some extent this is true, because if abortion is criminalised, women will go to backstreet abortionists, a lot of them will die of these abortions and it will go unreported. No stats = no problem. Dead aborted woman = good aborted woman.

    No woman needs an unwanted pregnancy anymore than any woman needs to be raped. Before the invention of the pill women were economically held hostage to their reproductive system. The Catholic church wants to regress to these times and their only intention can be to create cannon fodder for religious wars. Reminds me of joint taxation under the apartheid system where white women’s salaries were combined with their husband’s salary for tax purposes, to tax them so hard that they would rather stay home and breed white babies for the government’s race war. Social engineering of any kind does not work in the longer term.

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