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Freedom from or Freedom for abortion.

It strikes me that there are only two stances in relation to the abortion question.

a) Those who say we should be free to choose abortion and
b) Those who say we should be free to live in a world without it.

Those who say that it should be available in limited circumstances would presumably never force someone
to have an abortion. Rather it should be the individuals choice in the difficult circumstances.

a)Each individual should be able to choose what to do with their own bodies. We could suggest that people, if they object to abortion, should avoid it. But their personal objections should not impose on another's personal freedoms to choose as they please.

b)On the other hand we can recognise the humanity and dignity of the unborn in utero (in the womb) and that to acknowledge abortion as a legitimate procedure undermines the freedom of the unborn. Essentially, that abortion is not really a choice we are free to make.

It seems to be a matter of Autonomy of the Mother Vs. Autonomy of the baby.

At what stage does human life begin?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Expert Group "A great opportunity to reaffirm the dignity of human life."

Pro Life Campaign Says Expert Group on Abortion Presents Opportunity to Clarify Key Ethical DistinctionsThe establishment by the Government of the Expert Group on abortion presents an opportunity to clarify important ethical distinctions in this area, the Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has said.The Government this evening announced the members of the 14-member group from the medical, legal and nursing professions, in response to the A, B and C v. Ireland ruling on abortion from the European Court of Human Rights in 2010. The Expert Group will be chaired by Mr Justice Seán Ryan and has to report back to Government within six months with options on how to implement the judgment of the European Court.In a statement responding to the announcement, spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign, Dr Ruth Cullen said:“The establishment of the expert group presents a genuine opportunity to re-affirm the ethical distinction between necessary medical interventions in pregnancy and induced abortion, which intentionally targets the life of the baby.“Pro-choice activists are falsely claiming that Ireland is obliged to introduce abortion following the European Court of Human Rights decision. In reality, the court recognised the right of the Irish people to decide on the issue.“It is also of critical importance that the new expert group take account of the latest peer-reviewed research, published in leading periodicals, which highlights the negative psychological effects of abortion for many women.”EndsThe Composition of Expert Group on Abortion is as follows;The Group will be chaired by Mr. Justice Seán Ryan and consist of thirteen other members;Dr Peter Boylan, Consultant Obstetrician and GynaecologistDr Mary Holohan, Consultant Obstetrician and GynaecologistDr Imelda Ryan, Psychiatrist,Dr Ailish Ni Riain, General PractitionerDr Mark Walsh, General PractitionerMs Christine O’Rourke, Office of the Attorney GeneralMs Mary O’Toole, Senior CounselMs Joanelle O’Cleirigh, SolicitorMs Denise Kirwin, SolicitorDr. Deirdre Madden, Medical CouncilDr Maura Pidgeon, An Bord AltranaisDr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of HealthMr Bernard Carey, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health

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