Monday, July 23, 2012

Demands for abortion legislation in Ireland causing tension in the governing coalition

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch told RTÉ radio yesterday (Sunday July 22nd) that she believes the Government will have no choice but to recommend legislation on the issue.
She said she expected that the expert group examining how to accommodate the X Case will recommend legislation, and that the Government would have to discuss those proposals.
the interview can be viewed on this link

This statement is clearly disingenuous since the Expert Group is tasked with producing a range of options for consideration by the Government not to recommend one particular course of action.   
It is also disingenuous to claim that the "Government will have no choice but to recommend legislation on the issue" bearing in mind that the European court judgment in A, B and C v Ireland does not compel Ireland to introduce abortion. the A,B and C judgement simply seeks clarity in the law which is an entirely different matter.   
Those seeking to introduce abortion in Ireland are intentionally distorting the A,B and C judgement to support their own agenda while ignoring another important fact, namely, that Ireland, without abortion, is the safest place in the world for pregnant women.

As a direct result of Minister Lynch's statement and bearing in mind that a number of Fine Gael deputies have placed on record that they will vote against any proposal to legislate for abortion, Ireland's deputy Prime Minister Tanaiste and labour leader Eamon Gilmore was forced to intervene saying that the Government will wait to see the report from the expert group examining the implications of a European Court of Human rights ruling on Irish abortion laws before acting on the issue.
Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties in Co Donegal, Gilmore said there would be no split in government over the issue of abortion.

"We have established structures within government which enable us to make key decisions on a joint basis," he said.

"We have a very good working relationship, particularly between the Taoiseach and myself, which is capable of resolving any issue that arises within the lifetime of the Government."