To spit in the face of another human being is a visible sign of contempt. Anyone witnessing such an act unquestionably knows there are no gray lines of ambiguity concerning the meaning of such an act. Even those witnessing it are impacted because the act is so vile.
I met Dr. Robert Walley for the first time in Rome in 2001, at the very first conference organized by Matercare International at the Instituto Maria Sanctissima Bambina. Professor Michał Troszyński, my supervisor from the National Research Institute of Mother and Child in Warsaw, where I was working at that time, was invited by Dr. Walley, and asked me to accompany him.
According to the Irish Department of Health, 6,666 abortions were perfomed in the Republic at Irish taxpayers’ expense, including 67 from Northern Ireland, 15 residents from other countries and 525 for whom no Irish county or foreign country is known.
If you happen to be a disinterested observer of Ireland’s decades-long abortion debate, you could be forgiven for thinking that things unfolded something like this. First, Catholic Ireland implemented the oppressive 8th Amendment, designed to inflict moral dogmas on a helpless population.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column on the recent trend of abortion activists claiming that abortion was not only necessary, but good. Many of them, in fact, actually went a step further and claimed that abortion was actually beautiful.
In the week before Easter, Life Institute (for which I am a spokeswoman) launched a campaign seeking to ensure older people would not be denied life-saving care in this crisis, because decisions regarding the allocation of critical care should never be based solely on age. Events since then have given fresh urgency to the initiative.