Women’s right to de­cide

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - OPINION -

SIR, There’s been a lot of talk of ex­treme po­si­tions lately. Forc­ing some­one to re­main preg­nant against their will, as the Eighth Amend­ment does, is al­most as ex­treme an act as forc­ing some­one to be­come preg­nant against their will in the first place. Forc­ing some­one to have an abor­tion is an equally ex­treme po­si­tion. Re­peal­ing the Eighth Amend­ment - al­low­ing a preg­nant per­son them­selves to choose whether to re­main preg­nant or not - is there­fore the only rea­son­able course of ac­tion.

From a re­li­gious stand­point, the Catholic Church has op­posed in Ire­land:

1944: Sale of tam­pons; 1950: Mother & Child scheme; 1970: Catholics study­ing at Trin­ity; 1973: Mar­ried women in the civil ser­vice; 1985: Sale of con­tra­cep­tion; 1986: Di­vorce; 1992: Right to in­for­ma­tion about abor­tion and right to travel for abor­tion; 1993: De­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity; 1996: Di­vorce (again); 2005: Pub­li­ca­tion of re­port into cler­i­cal child abuse; 2010: Civil part­ner­ships; 2015: Same-sex mar­riage.

Here we are in 2018 with the Catholic Church and their prox­ies try­ing to deny Ir­ish women the right to de­cide what hap­pens to their own bod­ies. Is this still the Ire­land we want, the Ire­land of Mother and Baby homes and sym­phys­iotomy?

This year, the Ir­ish elec­torate can show the world the mar­riage equal­ity ref­er­en­dum was no fluke, that mod­ern Ire­land is fair and com­pas­sion­ate and re­spects the right of an in­di­vid­ual and trusts them to do what they feel is best for them­selves based on cir­cum­stances only that per­son can truly know.

I am a prac­tic­ing Catholic my­self and still feel that at the end of the day, every­thing comes down to per­sonal choice. Sin­cerely,

Sarah Ní Mháirtín, Rue Cuerens, Brus­sels.

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