Partial or full repeal would have same effect – Dr Cullen
The Pro Life Campaign has said that “partial” or “full” repeal of the 8th Amendment would have the same effect, in that both options would strip unborn babies of all meaningful protections under the law. The PLC was responding to calls today from the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) for a referendum offering “nothing less than full repeal” of the 8th Amendment.
Commenting on ARC’s press conference today, Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign said:
“There’s a lot of talk about whether any referendum proposal would have a ‘restrictive’ wording or allow abortion in wide-ranging circumstances. The reality is there’s no such thing as restrictive abortion. Once it is conceded that unborn babies are unworthy of legal protection in some situations, it is in effect saying that no unborn babies have any intrinsic value.
“The experience from other countries proves this over and over again. So the ARC calling for full repeal is a moot point. Any form of repeal would deliver the same result – an abortion regime in Ireland, where it would become impossible to have any meaningful protections for unborn babies.
“It is popular with some to attack the 8th Amendment at every turn and overlook all the good it has done for this country. It is extremist behaviour for the ARC to claim that the 8th Amendment is “an instrument of violence” when in reality it is the complete opposite. There are thousands of people alive today in Ireland thanks to the 8th Amendment. That’s something we should celebrate and cherish not denigrate.”