20th November 2012
PLC also says it is “inexcusable” that Sinn Féin doesn’t “even have a basic grasp of what the X case decision entails”
Sinn Féin proposals to legislate for the X case are not as restrictive as presented and “would lead to wide-ranging abortion,” according to the Pro Life Campaign.
In a statement in response to Sinn Féin’s Dáil motion in support of legislation to implement the Supreme Court’s 1992 ruling, Dr Ruth Cullen of the PLC said: “It is clear listening to Sinn Féin spokespeople that they don’t even have a basic grasp of what the X case judgement actually entails. Given the seriousness of the issue, this is inexcusable.”
She said: “Contrary to what Sinn Féin are saying, the X Case would lead to abortion on a very wide scale as the court heard no medical evidence and there is no duty of care to even attempt to save the life of the baby.
“In addition, the peer reviewed medical evidence since the X case contradicts some of the assumptions made in the judgement. It does a tremendous disservice to women as well the right to life for Sinn Féin to be rushing forward with this motion when clearly they are unaware of the most basic background facts.”
“It is also a disgrace that Sinn Féin and others are continuing to falsely create the impression that Ireland is not a safe place for pregnant women when the complete opposite is the case. Out of 171 countries, according to UN figures, Ireland is consistently in the top five, sometimes even first, is terms of safety for pregnant women, much safer than places like Britain where abortion is freely available. ”