Ireland is a very religious country, and religion dominates its politics. Abortion, as one might imagine, is illegal in that republic.
Abortion is illegal in
, and though there are
emergency exceptions on the books, doctors rarely perform them for fear of
prosecution. Lawmakers have been debating the issue since a jury ruled in April
that poor medical care led to the well-publicized death last year of an Indian
woman who underwent a drawn-out miscarriage in an Irish hospital, where doctors
refused to perform an abortion. Ireland
So there does seem to be an issue. So here’s what
doing about it.
The legislation would allow abortions when doctors determine the pregnancy presents a "real and substantial risk" to a mother's life, including from suicide.
The legislation "restates the general prohibition on abortion in
but provides "legal clarity" to doctors, Mr. Kenny said in a May 1
speech. His office declined to comment Tuesday. Ireland
Mr. Kenney in this case is Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. And he supports the legislation. And he is scheduled to speak at the
graduation. And that’s where there’s a problem. Boston
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, in Rome in March.
Boston's Roman Catholic leader traditionally delivers the blessing during the graduation ceremony at Boston College, the most prominent Catholic college in the archdiocese.
But Cardinal Sean O'Malley will skip this year's ceremony, set for Monday, saying he objects to the participation of another scheduled speaker: Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who supports legislation in
would permit abortions in order to save the life of the mother. Ireland
Now this Forum admires much about the Catholic Church. But this is hard to let slide. Cardinal O’Malley would substitute himself for the doctors and for the family that must make an extremely difficult and heart rendering decision about whether or not to abort a fetus, even one that is no longer alive, in order to save the life of the mother. Think about this scenario if Cardinal O’Malley's position is law.
Your wife, daughter, granddaughter or other close female relative or dear friend is having a difficult, death inducing pregnancy. The doctors and the family together decide that an abortion is the only way to save her life. But the law of the land, dictated by a religious order, steps in and prevents this. The result, your loved one dies. Your wife is dead or your daughter is dead. Someone who is very dear to you is dead because a religious leader you never met, who knows nothing of you or your family, who is not even cognizant of your situation has decreed that your wife or daughter should die.
Is that really what religion, any religion is all about?