The following quotes are not from Pope Benedict, as you might imagine, but from Mayo Fine Gael TD, Michelle Mulherin.
"The grace of God is so liberating and provides so many options to get the best out of life despite our fallen nature, and we all have that.
Having said that, it is an ideal to aim for. In an ideal world there would be no unwanted pregnancies and no unwanted babies, but we are far from living in an ideal world. An honest and a scriptural view is that things are getting harder for people, so what then for the weak in our society?
Abortion as murder, therefore sin, which is the religious argument, is no more sinful, from a scriptural point of view, than all other sins we don’t legislate against, like greed, hate and fornication. The latter, being fornication, I would say, is probably the single most likely cause of unwanted pregnancies in this country.”
Think about that for a minute. This is Ireland 2012, still a backward dump. Here we have a politician standing up in our national parliament informing us that abortion is a "sin" and "fornication" is "probably" the most likely cause of unwanted pregnancies in the country.
And what might it be in other countries, Michelle? Kissing? Sharing bathwater? Masturbating? Looking at a boy?
I don't know if Mulherin can get RTE in Mayo. If she can, she might have seen last night's Late Late Show which featured three women who were forced to travel abroad for medical terminations when they found the babies they were carrying were missing vital organs, like brains, and were completely unviable outside the womb.
It seems they were expected to endure the painful charade of pregnancy and childbirth to deliver dead, deformed, babies into the world. Early medical terminations are still not an option in Ireland you see - thanks to the ignorance of people like Mulherin.
Instead the Irish health service directed these already distraught women to Dublin Airport, so they could travel abroad for them. Real Irish. As if these women's situations were not traumatic enough.
Maybe good Christians like Mulherin should desist from casting stones and condemning others - "informed", as they are, by a doctrine we do not all subscribe to.
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