Discuss church-state separation issues that are relevant in Ireland.
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Why does the Catholic church get so het up about the 'rights of the unborn'? It's actions over the centuries have shown that it dosn't give a fig for the rights, lives, safety or health of living children. I find this an odd irony, and it has lead me to the conclusion that they don't care much about unborn children either. I firmly believe that the Vatican's position is driven by a desire to quash the rights of women, rather than a concern for the wellbeing of foetuses. Why would an institution which has continuously promoted the sexual, physical and psychological abuse of children be so concerned to protect the rights of the ones who aren't yet born?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I am aware according to Catholic doctrine if a child dies before being baptised it goes straight to hell. That would be the theological reason I guess but the real reason would ultimately come down to control of women.