Conscience and political decisions – an Irish angle

An Iona Institute lunchtime conference on “Conscience and the Irish abortion bill”, Thursday, June 6. Time: 12.30pm-2pm. Where: Buswells hotel, Dublin.

This conference will examine the issue of abortion and conscience in the light of the Irish Government’s proposed abortion law.

While the single biggest objection to the proposed law is that it will allow for the direct and intentional destruction of unborn human life, another issue that has not received enough attention is the way in which the planned law will seriously infringe the conscience rights of pro-life doctors, nurses and hospitals.

The speakers will be Dr Donal O’Mathuna and Dr John Murray.

Dr O’Mathuna will examine the implications of the proposed law for the conscience rights of pro-life doctors, nurses and hospitals.

Dr Murray will address the conscience issues facing pro-life politicians as they face into a vote on the matter.

Dr Murray is lecturer in moral theology at Mater Dei Institute and Dr O’Mathuna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics at Dublin City University.

Each speaker will talk for about 20 minutes so as to allow plenty of time for questions.

The Iona Institute’s submission to the Irish parliament’s Health Committee on the conscience implications of the proposed law can be found here on http://www.ionainstitute.ie.

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