So­cial and po­lit­i­cal row to be ex­pected

The Sligo Champion - - OPINION -

Madam Edi­tor;

In the event of it be­ing car­ried, there is go­ing to be an enor­mous po­lit­i­cal and so­cial row af­ter the abor­tion ref­er­en­dum.

Most politi­cians and vot­ers who have been per­suaded to sup­port the yes side, do so on the as­sump­tion that abor­tion in this coun­try will be sim­i­lar to most states in the EU; pos­si­bly on the more re­stric­tive side and cer­tainly not one of the most lib­eral and un­re­strained regimes in the world. Yet the most un­re­strained abor­tion regime in the world is what they are likely to get and the real cherry on the cake for ex­treme abor­tion­ists is that Ir­ish Gov­ern­ment will be ut­terly un­able to do any­thing about it.

To do so would re­quire hold­ing and win­ning an­other abor­tion ref­er­en­dum which would in­stall some pro­vi­sion in the Ir­ish Con­sti­tu­tion to al­low Gov­ern­ment en­act leg­is­la­tion able to re­strain and pre­vent abor­tion in cer­tain cir­cum­stances.

The word­ing pro­posed for in­ser­tion in the Con­sti­tut­ing is very in­ter­est­ing.

It al­lows leg­is­la­tion to “reg­u­late” abor­tion; there is no ref­er­ence how­ever of leg­is­la­tion which could “pre­vent” abor­tion.

It is this as­pect of the ref­er­en­dum which is of so much in­ter­est to some of the big­gest in­ter­na­tional abor­tion chains.

A regime where abor­tion is al­low­able and gov­ern­ment, be­cause of a writ­ten con­sti­tu­tion, un­able to in­sti­tute any leg­is­la­tion to pre­vent abor­tion at any time dur­ing preg­nancy or for any rea­son is ex­actly the lo­ca­tion in­dus­tri­al­ized abor­tion seeks It is ru­moured many in­ter­na­tional abor­tion chains are ne­go­ti­at­ing premises in Ire­land and some, it is whis­pered, have even in­quired if State as­sis­tance is avail­able in view of ad­di­tional jobs be­ing pro­posed. The 12.5% tax on prof­its in such a lu­cra­tive en­ter­prise is an ad­di­tional at­trac­tion. Enor­mous amounts of money will be avail­able to chal­lenge the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of any leg­is­la­tion which seeks to pre­vent abor­tion or can be con­strued as con­fer­ring right on the un­born. With such an im­pend­ing sit­u­a­tion, de­spite be­ing at the late hour, it is surely im­por­tant to clar­ify the is­sue of con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of any leg­is­la­tion to pre­vent abor­tion of healthy ba­bies at any time for no rea­son, be­fore the vote is cast.

Padraic Neary, Tub­ber­curry, Co. Sligo.

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