When we discuss abortion, we cannot enter the debate refusing to acknowledge that the intervention will and does result in the ending of a human life – that of the child in utero. Here some clarification on language is necessary.
The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.
Abortion, as a means of population control, was high on Kissinger’s agenda. He mentions abortion 44 times in the 123 pages, strongly indicating his opinion that this should be pushed on the Developing World, but, unfortunately for him, Section 114 of the Foreign Assistance Act (1964) prohibited the use of US foreign aid funds to “be used to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.”
There is a case to be made that in the eventuality of a fatal abnormality the foetus may be considered not an “unborn” for the purposes of the eighth amendment, or that if considered an “unborn” then its right to life may be presumed unengaged as it has no real prospect of life outside the womb.
Follow @RPJblog Abortion continues to be a highly emotive topic in Irish politics and public life. The campaign to repeal the eighth amendment to the Irish Constitution has brought the question of abortion in the state back to the centre of public debate, and, as is to be expected, tempers on both sides of the … Continue reading Thoughts on the Eighth Amendment