Modern travel isn’t always clear cut and simple. Huge media publicity was given to two
women recently who travelled to the UK to have an abortion, in the light of Ireland’s quite conservative legislation which means abortion is illegal under most circumstances, apart from when the mother’s life is at risk.
Whether the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution (which states the rights of the unborn) should be repealed is and will be the issue of the coming year. Finally some of the law experts are speaking out about whether repealing the eighth would result in abortion on demand, or whether it would likely just allow for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormality and rape. That is simply one of the questions – what would replace it, if anything?
what would replace [the 8th amendment], if anything?
Other questions that strike me as wise in asking, regardless of what side you stand on, or what your experiences have been in life are:
- When does life start? At conception? At the beating of the heart or formation of particular organs? At the age where a foetus/baby can survive alone outside the womb? At the age of supposed independence?
- Why do you think that?
- How would your criteria for what is life, look compared to a baby outside the womb at 18 months of age?
- If there is any uncertainty over when life begins, would it really be that bad to watch who you have sex with, or to use contraception? Given contraception sometimes fails, even when there’s nothing we could have done to control it, shouldn’t that be part of the risk and responsibility we take, when we have sex?
I’ll be looking at some of these topics as the weeks go on and as the university campuses I work on, hopefully allow for there to be diversity of opinion on this topic and allow everyone to express some opinions on this.
Tonight, it was a great presentation from UCC final year medic, Lucy Vernon on the topic, with a super chance for discussion throughout.
Thankfully for now, in my opinion, the journey to the UK that virtually anyone could afford, is enough of a deterrent to make people think more logically about their ethics.