Irish bishops slam new abortion legislation as 'morally unacceptable'
Hardline response rejects every medical context under consideration
The new bill is also reportedly intended to meet requirements from a European court decision that found a woman in remission from cancer should not have been forced to travel overseas for an abortion.
Under the new bill, psychiatrists and an obstetrician will be consulted in deciding if a woman is mentally ill and should be allowed a termination. There will also be an appeal process for women.
Meanwhile a spokesman for the bishops told Breaking News that their statement was a preliminary response to the outlined reforms. They also expressed their concern that an abortion could be carried out in a Catholic hospital.
'We encourage a deeper understanding of the inviolability of the right to life of both a mother and her unborn child, in all circumstances,' they said. 'Accordingly, at this crucial time, it is essential that all who share these beliefs make them clear to their legislators,' they said.
'The bill also appears to impose a duty on Catholic hospitals to provide abortions. This would be totally unacceptable and has serious implications for the existing legal and constitutional arrangements that respect the legitimate autonomy and religious ethos of faith-based institution.'
Cardinal Brady said that enforcing the proposed abortion legislation across all hospitals could lead to potential legal action from the church against the reforms.
'We believe that is a denial of fundamental religious freedom,' he said. 'This is very potentially menacing for institutions and for the expression of religious thought in this country.'
Critics noted yesterday that Cardinal Brady, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, had once reportedly sworn Irish children to secrecy over the sexual abuse they had suffered at the hands of notorious pedophile priest, Brendan Smyth. Brady's new role as a child advocate struck them as deeply hypocritical, they said.
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