Fearfully & wonderfully made
This is not a matter of right and wrong; everybody has their own opinions. This statement was made by Regina Doherty the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection in the Irish government on a RTE radio program recently. The discussion was about the proposal to change the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland which presently recognizes the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child. She told how she had changed her mind about this very important issue and moved from Pro-life to Pro-choice after hearing the stories of some women. She argued that the amendment is not working as women are having abortions or buying pills through the internet. It seems clear to me that this is a matter of right and wrong. The issues involved are incredibly serious and not open to a your truth is as good as my truth approach. That is not really credible. One position argues that a fetus is not a child until birth; does not have independent life and therefore can be disposed of. The other view is completely opposite believing in the sanctity of life while in the womb. They are conflicting opinions and one is right and the other is wrong. Personal stories may be filled with pain and difficulty and should be heard with compassion but emotion should not guide important decisions. To say that the 8th Amendment is clearly not working and should therefore be changed is a faulty premise. Is the same reasoning applied to laws about murder, speed limits or theft? They don’t control people’s actions; people still murder, speed and steal so should those laws be changed to allow for some murder, speeding and theft? It is clear that Christian principles guide the convictions of many. They follow Biblical teaching - You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. We are not free to do what we like but free to do what God wants. This is an issue that all in N. Ireland must be convinced about. May God guide our politicians in this matter.