Helen McClafferty dismisses Mary Lou McDonald's support for abortion.
The leader advocates support for the Fine Gael government's legislation that is expected to emerge if a majority votes to repeal the amendment. It is likely to legalise abortion under any circumstances in a period of up to 13 weeks.
(That's a 3 months + 1 week old baby).
Not all Sinn Féin representatives will be happy with the move but Mrs McDonald insists she has a "duty to lead on this". And despite being a practising Catholic, who has raised her three children in the Catholic faith, the Sinn Féin leader says she can reconcile her religious beliefs and her efforts to modernise Ireland's abortion laws "with great ease".
How generous of her.
What Ms. McDonald deliberately fails to acknowledge is that being pro-life is not a question of religion, it's a question of human right's of the unborn child. Ms. McDonald and SF are trying to put a spin on the reasons the 8th should be repealed by making it about religion and in particular about being "Catholic".
How is she any different from those in the British government who proclaimed to the media the 'Troubles' were based on nothing more than a religious divide between Catholics and Protestants?
The 8th Amendment already protects the life of the mother when in danger during pregnancy. However, that's not good enough for Ms. McDonald. She wants abortion on demand and is willing to suspend and/or terminate any of her fellow SF party members who speak out against abortion or dare to vote their conscience.
Regardless of religious affiliation, or none at all, this issue should transcend Sinn Fein's toxic identity politics when it comes to abortion on demand.
Repeal of the 8TH should be recognized for what it is. The taking of an unborn baby's life up to 3 months old, on demand, even if the mother's life is not in any danger. That is total disregard for the child's right to life and is simply just plain murder.