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Destroying the life of the unborn is crossing a final frontier, says Bishop Kevin Doran

02/Feb/2018

By Cian Molloy 

If we concede ground on abortion, the very same arguments will be used to justify ending the lives of frail elderly people and people with significant disability. This is the final frontier.

Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin

On the eve of the government’s decision to hold a referendum on the eighth amendment, Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin has warned that ending the constitutional protection of unborn life has serious consequences for all of us.

“If society accepts that one human being has the right to end the life of another, then it is no longer possible to claim the right to life as a fundamental human right for anybody,” says the Bishop, who is chair of the Irish hierarchy’s consultative group on bioethics. “The very same arguments, which are now being used to justify abortion, will be used to justify ending the lives of frail elderly people and people with significant disability.”

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