Letters to the Editor

X-Case A Non-Runner In New Govt Abortion Bill! Dear Editor,

X-Case A Non-Runner In New Govt Abortion Bill!

Dear Editor,

For now, the X-Case (suicide v abortion conundrum) is a non-runner in new Government Bill. Why? Because the human mind is limitless and impregnable. No man or woman, physician or psychiatrist has ever been there.

It is possible in the future; science or technology will succeed in clearly mapping out everything that goes on inside that mind.

Then and only then, should an Irish Government, of intelligence and integrity, legislate on the X-Case. Doing so now would give the woman, with real or imaginary suicidal tendencies, the freedom to barter with the specialists in dealing with two lives. If legislated on, it could also encourage physicians and psychiatrists to play safe by prioritising the life of the mother. Life is not a chess game!

Remember, there is an equal rights issue here, too. The mother is a living person already evaluated. Not, as yet, the unborn child who could, if allowed achieve maturity, become the greatest genius on earth.

James Gleeson,




Farcical Abortion Debate

Dear Editor,

It has been hard to resist the temptation to get involved in the current what, in my opinion, can only be called farcical abortion debate. At various times since the 1983 referendum I contributed to related exchanges, via articles, programmes and letters, to develop the distinction between necessary and unnecessary abortions. Here, I’ll put on public record views that our Dublin Media would find too inconvenient to publish.

Most of the contributors to the current debate are newcomers. Their use - through naivety or dishonesty - of the “simplify and exaggerate” debating tactic, to make money and keep things on the boil now, more than hitherto, makes a much more ugly farce of things, for two reasons.

The first reason for its being farcical is: The idea that parents of unborn children should be taken seriously, and given access at public expense to the time of senior lawyers and medics, when they want the go-ahead to have those children killed to stop them from self-killing is nonsense. It makes as much sense as taking seriously a man who says that his partner and children are driving him to self-kill, and therefore should be killed.

What is puzzling is that Labour and Fine Gael politicians say that they take seriously the Supreme Court judges who accepted that nonsense in 1992. Their focus - rather, the focus of backbenchers who can’t count on fat ministerial pensions after February 2014 - on re-election will bring them to their senses. They’ll drop the proposed legislation’s reference to the self-kill threat, and legislate for clear-cut rules for taking seriously demands for necessary abortions to save mothers’ lives.

Maybe the explanation for the puzzle is that abortion debating lets politicians and commentators do something that costs little or no money, whereas economic debating would show that they are totally out of their depth and focused mainly on feathering their own nests.

The second reason for the abortion debate being farcical is: Catholic Bishops and their lay supporters muddy the waters via concealment. Unlike Politicians and Media Commentators, their prime focus - and their main justification for being taken seriously - is on what happens to us Hereafter, that is, after we die.

In relation to abortion this means a focus on the Hereafter fate of aborted babies and their direct and indirect abortionists. Since they haven’t been around long enough to do what might entail long spells in Purgatory on their way back to Heaven, the babies go there directly. They also avoid the hassle and pain of life on Earth, particularly on this little economic-mismanaged island.

The same cannot be said for abortionists. The official Catholic focus, then, should surely be on saving them from Hereafter suffering. Compassion dictates that. That isn’t the focus of our Catholic Bishops and their lay supporters.

Joe Foyle,


Dublin 6

State of Shock

Dear Editor,

I am in a state of shock at the replies of the Minister for Health, James Reilly, to Pat Kenny´s questions as to what happens to a botched abortion where the baby survives. (Today with Pat Kenny 1st May, 2013, RTE radio)

This interview reveals how little consideration is given by the Minister and many others to the humanity of the unborn baby.

Abortion is claiming millions of lives in so called “civilized” countries in what can be best described as an Auschwitz-like manner. For example, in 1989, a porter in a Glasgow hospital heard a “foetus” which he was about to throw into an incinerator, crying. The foetus lived for eight hours after that (cf. “Death of a Baby: Inquiry in Glasgow”; British Medical Journal, 14th June, 1969, pages 704/05).

Ultrasound scans enable us to see the unborn baby in the womb. “Are we really so shallow, so fickle, as to let our view on moral worth be determined by appearance? The heart that can be seen beating on an ultrasound scan at six weeks is as much a human heart as the one that beats five months later.” (Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the biggest independent abortion provider in Britain). Since the X case, great medical progress has been made over the last 21 year in the treatment of mothers and their unborn babies resulting in saving both mother and her yet unborn living baby even where the mother had a real and substantial risk to her life. This situation continues to improve.

No court has the competence; it has not the authority and it has not the power to excommunicate those whom we find bothersome.

I urge our TDs to imitate the example of the late great King of Belgium, King Baudouin, who paid a State visit to Ireland in 1968 when we were wooing Belgium to support our entry into the then E.E.C. This monarch decided in 1989, despite enormous pressure from many politicians and the pro-abortion media, not to sign or support the Belgium Abortion Act whose ambiguity and consequences he was especially well placed to judge. He said that he would prefer to be a starving beggar on the street than to remain King with all its privileges and material comforts.

The internationally renowned singer Andrea Bocelli was born because his mother refused to accept her doctor´s advice that it was better to abort him because he would be born disabled. The world is a better place because of her decision.

There is a higher law, a law that joins reason to love. Every life is a miracle, every person a mystery. No man, no woman, no old person, no child is an island. In our beginnings and in our endings, and with every breath between, we cannot live in the absence of love.

Saludos en los Sagrados Corazones de Jesús y María.

Padre Liam Hayes S.V.D

Calle Sagrado Corazón de Jesús 4213,

C.P.3360, Oberá, Misiones,