Ireland’s Roman Catholic bishops say the public should lobby lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow abortions to save the life of the mother.
The bishops in a statement Friday say the bill represents “a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.” ...
Ireland has the most severe restrictions on abortion in Europe. Thousands of Irish abortion-seekers travel annually to England, where abortions have been legal since 1967.
An uproar ensued last year when a woman died from blood poisoning after she was refused an abortion.
The Catholic Church has long been a power in Ireland. As the article states, Ireland has the most severe restrictions on abortion in Europe. And the power of the church has also led to other things, like child rape and the enslavement of young Irish women.
Last year, a woman died because she couldn't get an abortion to save her life. (Yes, the fetus died, too - funny how that works, isn't it?)
So now, the iron grip of the Catholic Church in Ireland seems to be slipping a bit - at least, enough for an exception to the ban on abortion when a woman's life is in danger. To Catholic bishops, though - celibate old men who think that they're experts on everything about women's reproduction and health (not to mention morality) - that's "morally unacceptable."
Just think about that. It is morally acceptable, apparently, to let young women die in agony, rather than let them have an operation that will kill a fetus which will likely die anyway. Well, the Catholic Church has never cared for women. No doubt that's their punishment for 'original sin,' huh?
Or do they really think that women want to get abortions? Do they somehow think that an abortion is a pleasant experience? Do they think that women are just naturally slutty, and that their evil nature needs to be controlled (and can be controlled) by denying them birth control and abortions alike - even when their life is in danger? What kind of fantasies do these old men have?
The Catholic Church is a patriarchal institution. Catholic women have no power at all. This would be plenty bad enough if it were women imposing their control on other women, but it's almost laughable (it would be laughable, if not for the tragic results) when it's celibate old men dictating to young women.
Why does anyone still belong to the Catholic Church? Well, I guess a lifetime of conditioning, with a heavy load of guilt (especially for women), is hard to throw off, isn't it?