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Ireland

The Irish voted ‘yes’ to abortion, and pro-life believers should be happy

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 June, 2018, 1:02pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 June, 2018, 1:02pm

Congratulations to my Irish friends for getting a say in making life-changing decisions (“Ireland votes overwhelmingly to repeal abortion ban”, May 26).

Don’t get me wrong: I am pro-life. I believe unborn babies, or foetuses, however small, are living beings. To terminate them via abortion is unethical and should be the parents’ last resort.

But even in cases where a woman becomes pregnant by engaging in unprotected consensual sex, should others have a say in the couple’s life? Should we hold the couple, if they are unwilling, liable for providing for the baby and its upbringing?

Irish Catholics interpret support for abortion as ‘anti-church vote’

Would it be fair to the unwanted baby if she is raised in a family that has no plans to fulfil her needs? Not every parent is as selfless as Alfie Evans’, who made every possible effort to meet their child’s needs, fighting to take the terminally ill British toddler to Rome for treatment. Further, many abused children have become the unfortunate subjects of care proceedings in Britain.

Parenting is complicated; that’s why we have volumes of studies looking into it. So, it’s best to leave this life-changing decision to the unborn baby’s parents.

Jinyoung Park, Bristol, UK