On Thursday 30th May the Thurles branch of the Pro Life Campaign invited the Chairman of its National Organization, Dr. Joe McCarroll, Phd Philosophy and Ethics, to address a public meeting meeting in the town.
He told the capacity crowd of local people, which included T.D. Mattie McGrath, and Local Independent county councillors Jim Ryan and Billy Clancy that “the problem with the Government’s proposed legislation is that it dishonestly represents abortion on the basis of a suicide threat as medical treatment. There is no medical basis for this” he said, “and it is difficult to see how it won’t lead to abortion on request. Claims that the legislation is ‘restrictive’, ‘legally necessary’, or is ‘just reflecting the existing law’ are, sadly, just spin to mask a very disturbing reality. The real problem is that abortion is not a psychiatric treatment for suicidal ideation. That is why the proposed legislation has to be dropped. Bad medicine makes bad law” he said. “The protection of Human Life Bill allows a termination of pregnancy throughout the nine months of pregnancy. It only requires a woman to declare suicidal thoughts to have her pregnancy terminated. There is no conscience clause allowed for in this bill. Nurses, doctors, and medical workers in Catholic hospitals will have to comply. To shilly-shally about how many should decide a nonsense is a nonsense squared.’ he said. ‘No panel is small enough or large enough to turn abortion into a legitimate psychiatric treatment for suicidal tendencies. The problem is that the thinking underpinning the X case ruling was wrong and this Government has to snap out of its denial. The solution is to face that fact and drop that approach’ he explained.
Dr. McCarroll highlighted how no human being is independent of the care and support of immediate family and wider community. Any one of us could in a moment find ourselves as vulnerable as the unborn child. We could overnight through illness or accident be reduced from being in full health to being completely dependent for our every need on other people. This in no way diminishes our right to life or expectation of care from those we trust to look after us when we are most needy. Dr. McCarroll’s speech was very well received by the appreciative audience. He encouraged the Irish people to stand up for life for both mothers and babies and to attend in large numbers the Pro Life Vigil for Life to be held in Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday June 8th commencing at 3pm. Buses will be organized from every parish throughout the country.