Irish Independent John Cooney, Dearbhail McDonald, Ann O'Loughlin
PRIEST SAYS IT IS UP TO THE COURTS, NOT THE CHURCH, TO MAKE LAWS.
The Catholic Primate of Ireland has said there is 'no such thing' as a right to abortion, as the courts grapple with the latest abortion crisis involving a 17-year-old pregnant girl whose foetus is suffering from a brain abnormality.
In an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said the courts, and not the church hierarchy, will decide abortion laws. He described the latest abortion controversy as a sad case, but said the teenage girls unborn foetus baby is 'a human person with rights'. 'The most important thing is that the girl be given assistance that she needs in her situation,' he siad. 'The position of the Catholic Church against abortion is very clear and has not changed. It (the foetus) is still a human person and therefire has rights. The legal rpoblem was there for the entire last session of the Dail and I saw no politician rushing to address it.'