Irish PM: Unborn are not equal, but should have rights

The Irish PM has made yet more contradictory remarks on abortion.

Editor’s note. This comes from our friends at the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. The Eight Amendment to the Irish Constitution mentioned in the story protects the equal right to life of the mother and unborn child, and is estimated to have saved 100,000 lives.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach [Prime Minister] Leo Varadkar, who announced a referendum on the Eighth Amendment on his first day in office, shared his views on abortion in an interview with the New York Times.

He said: “As a doctor, I would perform pregnancy scans and while I don’t accept the view that the unborn child, the foetus, if you prefer that term, should have equal rights to an adult woman, to the mother, I don’t share this view that the baby in the womb, the foetus, whatever term you want to use, should have no rights at all.

“And there are people who take the view that human rights only begin after you’re born and that a child in the womb with a beating heart, the ability to hear, the ability to feel pain, should have no rights whatsoever. I don’t agree with that.”

Mr. Varadkar has a history of expressing conflicting views on abortion and the rights of the unborn. His latest comments, in conjunction with his commitment to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment, will intensify suspicions that he is pursuing the campaign for political gain.