Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ireland United for Life new press release


Says Ireland United for Life group

On behalf of Ireland United for Life, Kathy Sinnott and Dana Rosemary Scallon have welcomed new and positive statements from both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael stating that they oppose abortion.

Following Ireland United for Life’s challenge, to all political party leaders, on Friday past, to give a binding “election pledge” to defend human life at all stages, from conception to natural death, Fianna Fáil gave a clear response that only the people would decide and stated yesterday:

“We will uphold the right of the Irish people, and the Irish people alone, to decide on Ireland’s abortion laws. We will oppose moves to legalise abortion in Ireland”. Furthermore Fianna Fail went on to say that they, “also confirm we are opposed to research on embryos and will not support moves to legalise this in Ireland”. (Fianna Fáil Headquarters)

Fine Gael also issued a pro-life statement saying;

 “Fine Gael is opposed to the legalisation of abortion” saying they  “will establish an all party Oireachtas Committee, with access to medical and legal expertise, to consider the implications to the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights and to make recommendations.”
Fine Gael goes on to state; “Fine Gael’s representatives will bring to the proposed all-party committee a clear commitment that women in pregnancy will receive whatever treatments are necessary to safeguard their lives, and that the duty of care to preserve the life of the baby will also be upheld.
Fine Gael is opposed to research conducted on human embryos, and favours alternative stem cell research that does not involve human embryos such as adult stem cell and umbilical cord research.”

 Many candidates around the country are individually signing up to the Ireland United for Life  “election pledge” and it is clear that this election is not only about economic issues. 

Voters need to understand that providing legitimate medical treatments for conditions arising during pregnancy is an entirely separate thing than allowing for induced abortion. The IFPA and the European Court want to force us to call these therapies "lawful abortions" when there is no such thing.
In the interest of clarity for the voters, Fine Gael should confirm that in the event of a coalition partner or their Committee initiative recommending the legalising abortion, then that recommendation would be rejected by Fine Gael and the matter would then be put to the people, so that the people alone can decide on Ireland’s abortion laws.