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Choose Life 2013
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in article 2273: “The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation.”
The Catechism elaborates: “The moment a … law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundation of a state based on law are undermined. ” (CDF, Donum vitae III)
It has been claimed that Ireland has an obligation to legislate for abortion in the context of the 1992 X Case. This is untrue. There exists no constitutional provision or statute requiring politicians to legislate for any Supreme Court decision.
Legislators can make a positive choice: they can preserve current medical practice which guarantees necessary treatment for pregnant women while respecting the right to life of the baby.
Similarly the December 2010 decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the A, B and C v. Ireland case did not oblige Ireland to introduce legislation authorising abortion. Rather it left “future policy on protecting the lives of unborn children in the hands of the Irish people” – Cardinal Seán Brady.
Extract from Prayer for the Child in the Womb
Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life. Reawaken in us respect for every human life. Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator. Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift. Amen