If abor­tion is seen as a so­lu­tion, we need to change so­ci­ety’s ethics

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ The Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent has con­trib­uted many fair and bal­anced ar­ti­cles and let­ters to the abor­tion de­bate. John Bru­ton’s ar­ti­cle in Tues­day’s edi­tion (‘Why I would urge ev­ery­one to vote no’) is a case in point. His in­ter­ven­tion is elo­quent and coura­geous, be­cause it would have been much eas­ier for him to say noth­ing on this is­sue, rather than risk the ire of those who re­serve ex­ag­ger­ated dis­re­spect for those with the courage to stand against the mores of the pre­vail­ing lib­eral theoc­racy.

Lor­raine Court­ney (‘Snowflake de­bate is no good – we all need to grow up’, Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, May

17) is an­other well-bal­anced and com­mend­able ar­ti­cle; and I wish the whole de­bate could have been con­ducted to the hymn of her mod­er­a­tion and com­pas­sion.

I have tried to keep an open mind and show a will­ing­ness to be per­suaded, but apart from be­com­ing more tol­er­ant of other points of view, I have not been per­suaded abor­tion is any­thing other than the tak­ing of an in­no­cent hu­man life.

One doesn’t have to be a Catholic to hold this view. If I have issues with the eat­ing of meat and use of pes­ti­cides, why wouldn’t I, or any­one else with a mod­icum of hu­man em­pa­thy, con­tinue to find abor­tion a tragedy?

The prob­lem with the is­sue is it is in­sol­u­ble, you can’t half abort a baby. Most issues lend them­selves to dis­course, rea­son and com­pro­mise, but abor­tion rarely does.

A hu­mane so­ci­ety keeps its vilest mur­der­ers alive at great ex­pense. A hu­mane so­ci­ety should cel­e­brate di­ver­sity and dis­abil­ity. If abor­tion is a so­lu­tion, per­haps we need to ques­tion and change the ethics and direc­tion of a so­ci­ety that di­min­ishes hu­man life, and puts pres­sure on women to ter­mi­nate the preg­nancy of their ba­bies.

Kevin Ryan

Buck­ing­ham Road, Rich­mond, UK

For­mer Taoiseach John Bru­ton

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