Need to reach out with great em­pa­thy

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — I agree with Eilis O’Han­lon in her in­ter­est­ing and bal­anced ar­ti­cle (Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Oc­to­ber 1) ar­gu­ing that the ref­er­en­dum on re­peal of the Eighth will not end the abor­tion de­bate.

But with re­gards to a mud­dled mid­dle on the Sinn Fein/IRA United Ire­land ques­tion, I’m not sure how there can be a mid­dle ground on whether or not to kill an un­born hu­man be­ing, ir­re­spec­tive of the stage of de­vel­op­ment in the womb. I ac­cept Eilis’s statis­tics re­gard­ing both ex­tremes in the de­bate, but would like to be­lieve that the mid­dle group are those who want to reach out in em­pa­thy with women in trauma with a preg­nancy.

Men who are fa­thers will have em­pa­thy as much as women, many of both sexes in the mid­dle will also have sym­pa­thy and com­pas­sion. There­fore, there should not be a ref­er­en­dum and the €20m saved can go to sup­port those women who feel so des­per­ate about their un­ex­pected preg­nancy.

Many women have been helped in these cir­cum­stances and have been pleased to wel­come their chil­dren into the world. God loves all of us sin­ners, he cares as much for the athe­ist and ag­nos­tic as he does about a dili­gent fol­lower. Sean Far­rell, Manorhamil­ton, Co Leitrim

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