It's not too often that I agree with either Micheal Martin or Fianna Fail but in this instance I do.
Michael has said that Fianna Fáil has an issue with including the risk of suicide in any legislation for the X Case on abortion saying he and the party will wait to see legislation before deciding whether or not to vote for it.
He also said that he would not favour widening legislation or changing the Constitution to include cases where a woman has become pregnant as a result of rape.
“Rape is a particularly difficult one. We do have options today that we didn’t have before in terms of the morning after pill and so forth,” he said.
My position on abortion is well known, I oppose it in all circumstances. That said when the intent is to save the life of the mother and not the death of the child that is not abortion; it's the doctrine of double effect.
Double effect originates in Thomas Aquinas's treatment of homicidal self-defence, in his work Summa Theologiae.
This set of criteria states that an action having foreseen harmful effects practically inseparable from the good effect is justifiable if the following are true:
- the nature of the act is itself good, or at least morally neutral;
- the agent intends the good effect and not the bad either as a means to the good or as an end itself;
- the good effect outweighs the bad effect in circumstances sufficiently grave to justify causing the bad effect and the agent exercises due diligence to minimize the harm
Fine Gael promised before the election not to extend abortion in Ireland, it's almost time to see if they are going to keep that promise.