Ireland: Bishops’ abortion views only equal to ‘any other citizen

Monday, October 03, 2016, Irish Examiner
Joe Leogue

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said that while bishops have a right to express their opinion on the issue of abortion, their view is only equal to that of any citizen in the country.

Demonstrators at the recent March for Choice in Dublin demand the repeal of the eighth amendment. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews

His party favours access to abortion in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormality and instances where the mother’s health is at risk, said Mr Howlin.

His comments follow remarks by Archbishop Eamon Martin, who said that the taking of a life, whatever that stage in life, is “gravely morally wrong”.

Mr Howlin said that abortion and the eighth amendment was not a “black and white issue”.

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Source: Irish Examiner