Open letter to Irish public representatives opposing threatened abortion law

Congratulations to all Irish parliamentary deputies and senators taking a stand against the legislation threatening to bring abortion on demand into Ireland. The stand of some is reported in this morning’s Irish Times.
Those who say that the legislation which is being prepared is not going to lead to a very liberal abortion law in this country in due course are either burying their heads in the sand or are being disingenuous. They are ignoring the overwhelming evidence of history from the past 50 years.
What those of you who are opposing this legislation as it is currently drafted are doing is to my mind the first example of principled and even heroic political action that I have seen in this country for a long time.
Consensus politics has a place in a political system but where consensus trumps values and principles of life and human dignity then we are on a short path to corruption.

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