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Irish bishops urge Catholics to ‘resist’ country’s new abortion law

The primate of All-Ireland insisted that the country’s new abortion law that took effect on 1st January has “no moral force” and it “must be resisted” by Catholics.

The Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, who also is president of the Irish bishops’ conference, said in a message to mark the legislation that the new law “in good conscience cannot be supported.”

“In a 22nd May referendum, voters opted by a margin of 2-1 to lift the country’s constitutional protection of the right to life of unborn children. The new law will permit abortion on demand up to 12 weeks’ gestation. It also will permit abortion up to 24 weeks on unspecified grounds for the health of the mother, and up to birth where the child is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition that means he or she may not live long after birth,” he said.

Archbishop Martin urged Catholics to “continue to call and work diligently for its limitation, amendment and repeal.”

A small group of demonstrators gathered for a symbolic protest outside the Irish parliament in Dublin on 2nd January. Dr Ruth Cullen, spokeswoman for the Pro-Life Campaign, said that the protest stressed that the campaign to overturn the law continues.

“The pro-life movement is deeply saddened at what has happened to our country and about the loss of life that will inevitably result from this unjust law,” she told those gathered.

“We will fight on peacefully but ceaselessly to expose the lies that were told during the referendum campaign and we look forward to a brighter day at some point in the future when unborn babies in Ireland will once again be welcomed in life and protected in law,” Dr Cullen said.

The Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, told Massgoers in his New Year message that Catholic politicians who had advocated for abortion had “chosen a position which is clearly out of communion with the Church.”

“There is no point in pretending otherwise,” he said.

Picture: Pro-abortion graffiti is seen on a pro-abortion referendum leaflet in Dublin, Ireland, on 27th May 2018. The primate of All-Ireland insisted that the country’s new abortion law that took effect on 1st January has “no moral force” and it “must be resisted” by Catholics. (CNS photo/Clodagh Kilcoyne, Reuters).