Politi­cians seem to have made up their minds on Eighth Amend­ment

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - OPINION -

SIR, It is ut­terly heart­break­ing and shame­ful that our politi­cians seem to have al­ready made up their minds about re­peal­ing the Eighth Amend­ment. The mem­bers of the Oireach­tas Com­mit­tee have al­ready voted not to keep the Eighth, with­out even lis­ten­ing to the won­der­ful out­comes that the Eighth has had on the fam­i­lies it has pro­tected. This Com­mit­tee seems com­pletely one-sided. It might as well have been a re­peat of the Cit­i­zens As­sem­bly for all the new light it has shed on the is­sue.

Dr.Veron­ica O’Keane was in­vited to present be­fore the Com­mit­tee as some­one who was neu­tral on the is­sue of abor­tion. Yet at the Cit­i­zens’ As­sem­bly she was par­tic­i­pat­ing as part of the pro-choice group, Doc­tors for Choice. The Com­mit­tee had ap­prox­i­mately 24 pro-choice guests and four pro-life speak­ers. I think we, the pub­lic de­serve bet­ter. This is life and death we are talk­ing about. We are en­ti­tled to hear the other side’s story.

The Eighth Amend­ment has done fan­tas­tic things for fam­i­lies. Fam­i­lies have stated their chil­dren are safe and alive lit­er­ally be­cause of it. Sadly no one is lis­ten­ing, es­pe­cially the peo­ple that should be pay­ing the most at­ten­tion. If this is democ­racy I don’t know what a dic­ta­tor­ship looks like.

Sin­cerely, Frances Kelle­her, Kil­lar­ney.

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