> Labour is pro-abortion
> Gilmore is an Atheist
> Labour has a lot of support.
Cue Vatican decrying Ireland for allowing hateful atheism to undermine all that is good in the world. Seriously, though.
And from a Catholic and Christian point of view, it is not only Labour's stance on abortion that is problematic. It favours same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption.
Is this guy seriously comparing the abortion issue to same sex marriage and adoption? Is this man mentally handicapped? (cue jokes about religion qualifying as a mental handicap. Ba-dum-tish, etc.)
I'm very tired of people hiding behind 'the unborn' as a credible defense of an absolute ban on abortion. Nobody cares less about the unborn than 'God', given that 60-80% of embryos are apparenly flushed out naturally
. In fact, existence as we know it is a constant struggle against entropy. We are not 'destined' to be born once fertilisation occurs. Our existence can be quantified as the proverbial 'rounding error' in our own calculations. Every single situation is more complex than just 'freedom of choice versus foetus-cide (or possibly embryocide). Ethics - flexible, variable ethics - are completely at odds with religious absolutism.
At a minimum, neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fail is setting out to do harm to the poor and the sick, whereas Labour's policy on abortion would do very deliberate harm to the unborn. That is not a prudential judgement. That is a fact.
'deliberate' harm? Seriously? This is exactly why I will never identify as pro-choice, pro-abortion, or anything like it. By definition the terms seem to advocate killing babies. That is not what I want if (when?) I vote yes on legalising abortion in the future. I want things to be open to ethical scrutiny, not religious mandates.
Heading into Mass on Sunday I spotted the local Fine Gael and Labour candidates canvassing outside. The presence of the Labour candidate struck me as odd, to put it mildly. Labour party policy is pro-abortion. Therefore, on a very important issue Labour is utterly at variance with the beliefs of the vast majority of serious-minded practising Catholics.
It's quite clear, folks. If you think abortion is ok, you should just stop going to church. And I love the oxymoron at the end there: 'serious-minded practising Catholics'.