At the conclusion of the Summer 2016 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, spoke to the media in respect to the findings of the UN Human Rights committee regarding Ireland’s constitutional protection of the unborn.
In the interview, Archbishop Eamon Martin affirmed the need to respect the right to life of all mothers and their unborn children. He agreed that being told that a child may die shortly after birth is a difficult and traumatic situation for any woman or parents to find themselves in and that “women in these situations need compassion, they need help, but in doing so, we would be pleading also for the life of the unborn child.”
Archbishop Eamon Martin continued, saying that “The fundamental right is the right to life. If we take that away, everything crumbles”, adding that, if the Irish people are to make a decision on the eight amendment, “we will add our voice to the many people who will be saying ‘Love them both. Love the mother, love the baby, and respect life at all times.'”
The full interview with Archbishop Eamon Martin can be heard here.