I have been steadfastly ignoring the abortion business here in Ireland.
For those who aren’t aware, there is a move to remove a clause in our constitution that gives “equal right to life to the unborn”. In other words, in a case where there are complications during birth, by law the medical profession has to step back and possibly let mother and baby die because neither has a right over the other.
We have had several referendums on the subject over the years. It has always turned nasty, generally on the part of the anti-abortion mob. And they are a mob; a mob of quasi-religious fanatics who scream about murdering babies and talk about life being sooo precious.
Yesterday they hit a new low. The bishops have come out claiming that allowing abortion will inevitably lead to euthanasia and eugenics. Talk about a gateway theory!
I have stated in the past that my opinions on abortions are irrelevant. I am unlikely to become pregnant so I should have no say in the matter. What women do with their lives is none of my business and I have no right to order them one way or another. Yet these moralistic holier-than-thou fuckwits who have taken a vow of chastity consider they have a right to preach on the subject?
Regarding euthanasia, I do indeed have an opinion. If it were a choice between an agonising and inevitable death then I would not only be happy to be put out of my misery but I would consider it inhumane and morally wrong to be expected to suffer. I have put dogs to sleep in the past. It is amongst the most difficult tasks I have ever undertaken because I loved those dogs. It was because of that love that I took the final drastic step. Those dogs were in pain with no hope of recovery and it would have been an act of utter cruelty to insist that they suffer for no other reason than selfishness or some pseudo morality.
It is worth noting that in Europe only two countries don’t allow abortions – Ireland and Malta. Yet Europe isn’t exactly awash with genetically perfect kids, and the only people who want their life to be ended are those with a damn good reason.
I assume these bishops somehow think their god will somehow look kindly on Ireland for not allowing abortion.
I take it that those thousands of women who are forced into making the journey to a more liberal country just don’t count?