OVER 100 WOMEN and children gathered outside Leinster House today to protest plans to introduce legislation permitting abortion in certain circumstances.
The demonstration – organised by Youth Defence, Life Institute and Precious Life – was in protest at a Bill brought forward by socialist TD Clare Daly and independent Mick Wallace, which is due to be discussed next week.
Their legislation intends to allow abortions in circumstances where proceeding with the pregnancy would put the life of the mother in danger, including in circumstances where the mother is at risk of suicide.
Abortion in those circumstances was sanctioned by the Supreme Court in its ruling in the ‘X Case’ in 1992, but legislation permitting abortions in such circumstances has never been enacted – a matter criticised by the European Court of Human Rights in its ruling in A, B and C versus Ireland in 2010.
Life Institute spokeswoman Niamh Uí Bhriain argued, however, that “women and children deserve better than abortion”, and said statistics showed Ireland has the lowest rate of maternal mortality in the world – making it the safest place in the world in which to have a child.