The Pro Life Campaign has challenged the Minister of State at the Department for Health Kathleen Lynch over her remarks yesterday on RTÉ’s This Week programme where she stated that she did not think the Government "had a choice" but to legislate for abortion if the Expert Group, having looked at the issue, recommends abortion legislation.
|Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch, Labour|
Commenting on Minister Lynch’s remarks, Dr. Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign said:
"The Expert Group is tasked with producing a wide range of options for consideration by the Government and is not meant to recommend one particular course of action. If the Expert Group reports with a narrow list of options, all leading to abortion, it will be not be based on medicine or law but politics.
The European court judgment in A, B and C v Ireland did not compel Ireland to introduce abortion. It sought clarity in the law in this area which is an entirely different matter. Those seeking to introduce abortion in Ireland are intentionally distorting this fact while ignoring another important fact, namely, that Ireland, without abortion, is the safest place in the world for pregnant women."
Dr. Cullen's comments were carried in today's Irish Examier, Irish Times and on TheJournal.ie.