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Ireland Bishop suggests that abortion is 'sometimes far worse' than rape

19:06  11 may  2018
19:06  11 may  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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The Bishop of Ossory, Dr Dermot Farrell, has suggested abortion is sometimes far worse than rape . Bishop Farrell has claimed that once introduced "And sometimes , what I understand from women who have been raped , is that the abortion that followed sometimes after rape was far

A BISHOP HAS claimed that having an abortion after being raped is sometimes far worse than the rape itself during a radio interview about whether to legalise abortion . He also suggested that in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and cases of incest

8th Amendment vote posters. © The Journal 8th Amendment vote posters. A BISHOP HAS claimed that abortion is sometimes far worse than rape during a radio interview about whether to legalise abortion.

He also suggested that in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and cases of incest, women should carry their pregnancies to full term because “the life of the child is paramount”.

In an interview with Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show, the Bishop of Ossory Dr Dermot Farrell was asked what should be done in cases of rape if the Eighth Amendment isn’t repealed.

He said that ”rape is a violent act” and “a violent crime against a woman”, and added:

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Bishop of Ossory Dr Dermot Farrell, who was appointed by Pope Francis earlier this year, has suggested that abortion is sometimes worse than rape . The bishop stated: "What I understand from women who have been raped is that the abortion that followed sometimes after rape was far

The Bishop of Ossory Dr Dermot Farrell expressed concerns that if the Eighth was repealed “it would be difficult to restrict”.He also suggested that Mr McGrath also expects he will be supported by more than 30 TDs from Fianna Fail and the Independent benches in his opposition to any new abortion laws.

“What I understand from women who have been raped is that the abortion that followed sometimes after rape was far worse than the rape itself.”

Bishop © Catalyst Images Bishop

When asked about what should be done in instances of incest, the Bishop replied that although “we mightn’t like the way the child was conceived” that “the right to the life of the child is paramount”.

Speaking about victims of rape and incest, the Bishop said:

If she brings the child to full term she’s going to have a very difficult situation because as you know rape cases and incest cases are very tragic, they’re very painful for the individuals concerned. But the way to help them and to reach out to them with compassion is not to take the life of their unborn child.

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An Irish Catholic bishop has suggested that undergoing an abortion may sometimes be a more traumatic experience for women than being raped . Dermot Farrell, who serves as Bishop of Ossory at the Saint Mary's Cathedral in the Irish town of Kilkenny

The newly-ordained Bishop of Ossory, Dr. Dermot Farrell, believes that an abortion following rape is " far worse than the rape itself". His comments come after he distributed a letter around all 42 parishes in the Ossory diocese last weekend, in which the 63-year-old Westmeath bishop warned parishioners

Woman at a clinic © Catalyst Images Woman at a clinic

In instances of fatal foetal abnormalities, he said that two families he knew chose to carry their baby to full term and it helped them through the grieving process.

When asked whether he agreed with abortion in cases where the woman’s health was at risk, he said he did because ”it’s not the intentional life-taking of the unborn”, rather it was saving the life of a mother “and as a consequence of that intervention, the child dies”.

A pastoral letter from Farrell made available to every Mass in 42 parishes of the diocese of Ossory claimed that once abortion was introduced it would be very difficult to restrict.

Fears pro-life TDs will block abortion laws until election .
There are serious fears in Cabinet that pro-life TDs will move to prevent abortion legislation being enacted before the next general election if the referendum passes next week. The Government is eager to pass the new law before the country next goes to the polls but there are serious concerns that filibustering by anti-abortion TDs will prevent plans for an early election.Minister for Health Simon Harris intends to advance plans to enact laws which allow for unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy immediately after the referendum, if the Yes side wins.

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