We should ig­nore Trudeau

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

May I draw your read­ers’ at­ten­tion to the re­cent visit of An Taoiseach, Leo Varad­kar, to Canada, where he met that coun­try’s prime min­is­ter, Justin Trudeau. The ci­ti­zens of Ire­land were given what amounted to a lec­ture on women’s rights in the con­text of abor­tion.

To my mind, it was no ac­ci­dent that the sub­ject of abor­tion was in­tro­duced, given the drive to have the so-called Eighth Amend­ment re­pealed and to al­low abor­tion-on-de­mand in this coun­try.

For Trudeau to en­ter the fray is out­ra­geous, con­sid­er­ing that Canada has one of the most lib­eral abor­tion regimes in the world. Then, as a fol­lowup, again in Canada, Varad­kar an­nounced his in­ten­tion to have a ref­er­en­dum as soon as pos­si­ble next year to en­able the ci­ti­zens of Ire­land to en­sure that women’s ‘rights’ are ad­vanced. The ‘rights’ are not rights when the right of the child in the womb is not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion. There­fore, it can­not be said that the Eighth Amend­ment con­tra­venes women’s rights, when the rights of the un­born are ig­nored.

The most vul­ner­a­ble will need the con­tin­ued pro­tec­tion of the Eighth Amend­ment and so any at­tempt at its re­peal must be re­sisted. Brian M. McMa­hon

En­nis Co Clare

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