In an interview in the latest issue of the Clare Champion, Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, described Government plans to allow unrestricted abortion up to twelve weeks as ‘truly appalling’.
Bishop Monahan said that repealing the Eighth Amendment would introduce one of the most liberal abortion regimes in the world and encouraged people to ‘choose life’.
Speaking to the newspaper, Bishop Monahan said, ‘The proposal to have unrestricted access without question to abortion for up to 12 weeks is truly appalling and would make the regime in Ireland one of the most liberal in the world.
‘Many people have expressed astonishment and disgust at this proposal and are outraged by it. Much criticism has been directed against the proposals of the Citizens’ Assembly and the Oireachtas Committee and, especially, the unproportionate amount of pro-abortion advice given during the recent process.’
Bishop Monahan added that he believes the Constitution is balanced and reasonable offering protection and care in equal measure to both women and unborn babies. ‘It is widely recognised that the care offered to both mother and child in Ireland is second to none and it would seem wise to keep the hard-won and well-worked balance that exists at present,’ he said.
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