Bioethicist makes powerful stand for unborn babies at Citizens’ Assembly

Editor’s note. This comes from our friends at SPUC–the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. On January 7, Dr. Helen Watt of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre gave oral evidence to the Irish Citizens’ Assembly.

The Assembly has been charged with examining the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. Adopted in 1983, it protects the equal rights of unborn children and their mothers.

Dr. Helen Watt

Dr. Helen Watt

Last Saturday’s was the first debate on the moral status of the unborn held at the Assembly. The presentation is just over 11 minutes long and is very much worth watching.

“Any baby has objective interests in her own future life”

Dr. Watt stressed in her presentation that “Any baby, born or unborn, has objective interests in her own future life: interests of a kind no less real for the fact she cannot yet assert or understand them.” Dr. Watt said that human rights were not affected by terminal illness, and praised the contribution of Irish support groups for parents of babies with life-limiting conditions.

“Powerful arguments for the full human status of the unborn”

“Dr Watt makes some powerful arguments for the full human status of the unborn, including some that readers may not have previously encountered,” said Dr. Anthony McCarthy of SPUC. “In the question and answer session, she also makes some valuable points on pregnancy, parenthood, and the legalization of abortion. “

He added, “Readers are urged to listen both to Dr. Watt’s presentation and to the question and answer session that followed. All who care about human life and equal human rights should consider her wise words.”