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Kezia Dugdale

Scottish politicians back abortion on demand in Ireland

Motion calling for legal abortion in the Republic, following an EU recommendation but against pro-life advice, has won the support of 19 MSPs

MSPs have begun campaigning for abortion to be made legal in Ireland after an EU report was released that recommends forcing legalisation on the Republic.

Kezia Dugdale (above), a Labour list member for Lothian, put forward a motion criticising the Irish Government for not implementing abortion laws.

As of today, 19 members of the Scottish Parliament from all parties have signed the motion, in spite of a recent call from pro-life activists for ‘widespread resistance’ to any legislation of abortion in Ireland.

The motion claims ‘that the Irish Government is currently considering a report following a 2010 European Court of Human Rights judgment that the state failed to implement existing rights to lawful abortion where a mother’s life was at risk.’

The motion also declares its support for abortion providers in Scotland and claims abortion on demand should be legal worldwide.

John Smeaton, director of the pro-life charity the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) says the motion refers to an incorrect ruling of the European Court. That report ‘is based on the erroneous judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR),’ he said.

“That judgment not only misrepresented the European Convention on Human Rights, but also failed to respect Ireland’s national sovereignty by unilaterally misinterpreting the Irish Constitution’s protection of the right to life,” he said. “The case was never about helping women faced with a crisis pregnancy. It was instigated by the international pro-abortion lobby, which has the ultimate aim of forcing governments across the globe to recognise access to abortion as a legal right.”

Mr Smeaton went on to say those supporting that report wanted to open ‘a door to mass abortion on a British scale’ in Ireland, which he hoped all good people would resist.

“We call upon all people of good-will in Ireland, including the Catholic bishops, to back an all-out campaign to defeat not just amend any options allowing abortion,” he said. “This will require widespread resistance to be mobilised. Ireland’s politicians should be put on notice that they will lose their seats at the next election if they vote to legislate for abortion.”


Comments - One Response

  1. Stephen O'Donnell says:

    The Irish have been subject to other forms of Cultural Imperialism before…I’m sure they’ll survive Kezia Dugdale’s.

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