Just because the legality of abortion is set to change next month in Ireland, that does not mean that the moral and human rights issues around abortion have changed, according to the Catholic Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran.
Following their Winter General Meeting in Maynooth, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ have published a statement today saying that they are “dismayed that, for the most part, the voices of those who voted against abortion in May’s referendum have been ignored. Even what many people would have deemed to have be very reasonable legislative amendments seeking to provide women with information and to prohibit abortion on the grounds of sex, race or disability, they claim have been rejected.
The bishops insists that Irish society must have respect for the right of conscientious objection for all healthcare professionals and pharmacists. Stating quite clearly that these people “cannot be forced either to participate in abortion or to refer patients to others for abortion”.
Bishop Doran told Midwest News today that the Bishops are not simply stating that abortion cannot be supported, they are urging those against it’s introduction to continue to campaign against it.