Abor­tion ban has a huge loop­hole

The Week (US) - - 14 News - Gene Ker­ri­gan

Sunday In­de­pen­dent

The “sneer­ing glad­i­a­tors of point-and-shame Catholi­cism” who are bat­tling to save Ire­land’s abor­tion ban are hyp­ocrites, said Gene Ker­ri­gan. There’s a ref­er­en­dum next month on over­turn­ing the eighth amend­ment to the con­sti­tu­tion, added in 1983, which out­laws abor­tion on Ir­ish soil. But what about the 13th and 14th amend­ments? Those were added af­ter a 1991 case when the eighth was used to stop a 14-year-old rape vic­tim from trav­el­ing to Eng­land to seek an abor­tion. The world was aghast at the in­junc­tion, and an em­bar­rassed Ir­ish pub­lic quickly passed two more amend­ments, which pro­tected the right to travel abroad for an abor­tion and the right to get in­for­ma­tion

about how to do so. Ire­land is now the only coun­try “in which the con­sti­tu­tion has been amended to pro­tect and en­sure the out­sourc­ing of abor­tion to a neigh­bor­ing coun­try.” But the anti-abor­tion camp isn’t seek­ing to over­turn those amend­ments, be­cause then we’d have to carry out preg­nancy tests at the air­port, which would kill tourism. The pro-life crowd merely wants to pro­tect the eighth, so it can pre­tend that Ire­land is a “bea­con of Catholi­cism.” It makes no sense to “speak of the mur­der of chil­dren” while de­fend­ing the right of women to take a two-hour ferry trip to Eng­land for that pur­pose. Why not just “face re­al­ity, like the rest of the world?”

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