Brady voices abortion opposition

Published Tuesday, 25 December 2012
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Cardinal Seán Brady has urged people opposed to abortion in Ireland to make their views known "in a reasonable but forthright" manner in his Christmas message.

Brady voices abortion opposition
Cardinal Seán Brady pictured in Armagh (© Pacemaker)

The Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland said there was no more important value than "upholding the right to life in all circumstances."

His message comes as the Irish Government finalises legislation and regulation to allow for a pregnancy to be terminated if the mother's life is in danger.

This will give effect to the X case judgment, which involved a teenager who became pregnant after being raped in 1992.

A High Court banned her from going to England for a termination, despite having suicidal thoughts.

Twenty years ago, the Supreme Court eventually ruled that despite abortion being illegal in the Republic of Ireland, a woman had the right to seek a termination if her life was in danger, but no legislation was ever put in place.

The campaign was put in the spotlight again in October, after the death of Savita Halappanavar who repeatedly asked for an abortion while she was miscarrying at a Galway hospital.

Cardinal Brady said the new legislation would be a defining moment for Ireland.

"Public representatives will be asked to decide whether a caring and compassionate society is defined by providing the best possible care and protection to a woman struggling to cope with an unwanted pregnancy or by the deliberate destruction of another human life," he said.

"I hope that everyone who believes that the right to life is fundamental will make their voice heard in a reasonable, but forthright, way to their representatives, reminding them that the right to life is conferred on human beings not by the powerful ones of this world but by the Creator.

"No government has the right to remove that right from an innocent person."

The Cardinal also used his message to address the current relations between the Irish Government and the Catholic Church, which are at an all-time low in the wake of the clerical sex abuse scandals.

He said he wished to see faith and public life move beyond what he called "the sometimes negative, exaggerated caricatures of the past".

Meanwhile, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rt Rev Dr Roy Patton has urged people to think about those "who feel socially isolated, abandoned, frustrated, disconnected, and discontented" at this time of year.

"Think about families, as the economy continues to bite and people lose their jobs or can't find one," he said in his Christmas Day message.

"For too many, hope seems in short supply. It was no different that first Christmas when Jesus was born. But the story of Christmas is of hope being born into a hopeless world," he added.

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lucylou in belfast wrote (600 days ago):
Does he NOW believe in upholdig the right to life WITHOUT SEXUAL ABUSE destroying it???
Colin in South Down wrote (662 days ago):
Frosty: "why does God cause miscarriages then? Does He deem those unborn babies as being unworthy of life?" Life begins at conception therefore unborn babies have life, not unworthy of life. Everything that has life will die, whether it is in the womb or at any other stage of life. The Bible states in Wisdom 2:24 "but through the devil's envy death entered the world" therefore blame the devil and thank God for sending His Son to restore us in His image and defeat death.
Tommy atkins in London England wrote (663 days ago):
CORRECTION on my last post------ I stated 70% instead of 40% Sorry!!!!
Ryan in Belfast wrote (664 days ago):
Im against abortion in neary all its forms. The only time i think abortion should ever be performed is when a womans life is in serious danger. What the Cardinal is saying is that these new laws on Irish abortion is just a step closer to legalising abortion. Abortion should never be legal in ireland, its not a middle-aged opinion to be opposed to abortion and nor is it only the opinion of "religious" people. Why im opposed to abortion is i think it seriously harms society and most importantly, its denying the right of a child to life. It doesnt matter if other western countries have legalised abortion, some western countries have nuclear weapons, does that mean we have to have nukes too? We should make laws that are for the betterment of ireland, not to worsen or destroy our society.
Colin in South Down wrote (664 days ago):
Iseult, in regards to jumping to conclusions, you never hear of a woman who became pregnant because she was raped and decided against abortion to later say she wished she had. From the documented cases, the child has often been part of the healing process from the rape. In other cases the mother has given her child to loving adoptive parents. To have the mother suffer from the rape and then suffer the violence of abortion does not produce true healing. In addition, the overwhelming majority of mothers going to England to abort their baby are doing so not because of rape or her life is in danger.
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