Balancing rights of unborn

Recent coverage by the Irish Examiner concerning the right to life of the unborn seems to indicate a bias in favour of abortion in Ireland.

Your lead headline on Nov 20 (‘Bishops: Cherish the ban against abortion’) reduced the significance of the preceding day’s statement by the Catholic Bishops which focused on the equal and inalienable right to life of a mother and her unborn child.

Crucially the bishops’ statement reaffirms the Catholic Church’s teaching on the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn baby. It also highlighted the distinction between direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby, and, medical treatments which do not seek the end of the baby’s life. The bishops’ statement reiterated the innate dignity of the life of the unborn child. To simply reduce the bishops’ statement to just this headline is not a good example of fair or balanced journalism.

In addition, your editorial of Nov 19 entitled ‘Abortion Legislation’ completely avoids any acknowledgement of the deep pro-life sentiment and support which exists in Ireland. For your leader writer not to reflect the pro-life view as part of an overall analysis of this complex issue is not becoming of a national quality newspaper. Tellingly, this lengthy editorial did not once mention the words ‘unborn’ or ‘baby’, and this speaks volumes in my opinion.

Martin Long

Director Catholic Communications Office

Irish Bishops’ Conference

Columba Centre

St Patrick’s College

Maynooth

Co Kildare

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