Bishops chilling warning: arguments being used to justify abortion could be used to justify ending lives of frail and disabled people

Some EU States have already legalised euthanasia.

Fears of a bloodbath of baby killing.

Sligo News File.

The campaign to legalise abortion is heading into stormy waters amid growing fears of a potential bloodbath of baby killing.

Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran…arguments being used to justify abortion could be used to justify ending lives of frail and disabled people.

Babies up to 12 weeks, and older, in some cases, could be put to death on demand if the Eighth Amendment is voted out of the Constitution.

The dread of a ‘killing spree’ worse even than the UK where the lives of 200,000 babies are wiped out every year is causing more and more to turn against Government abortion claims.

It is seen as well that, since 1973, a massive 60 million babies have been brutally destroyed in the womb in the United States – worldwide the figure since 1980 has soared to nearly 1.5 billion.

An alarmed source said: ‘The future for society that people of Ireland are being asked to agree to is plainly the acceptance of the daily torture and slaughter of little unborn innocents.

“How in the name of God could the extermination of a human being be adjudged a compassionate act or human right.

“I fully accept that circumstances will arise where a medic will have to intervene with the unavoidable death of a baby, but what the Government is attempting to impose stretches to the barbaric.”

In a Pastoral letter to Catholics in his diocese of Elphin Bishop Kevin Doran said that “taking away the right to life of unborn children undermines everyone’s right to life.”

He went on to strongly warn that: “The same arguments being used to justify abortion will be used to justify ending the lives of frail elderly people and people with significant disability.”

He said the Church has always taught that the deliberate taking of innocent human life is “gravely sinful.”

On “modern embryology”, he said this makes clear that “there is no conflict between faith and reason. The new human being, born after nine months, begins at fertilisation. The genetic identity of the new child is already there from the very beginning. Everything else is simply natural development.”

Baby at 12 weeks…face looks unquestionably human: Eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and ears are right where they should be. The baby is just over 2 inches long.

The Bishop cautioned that “acceptance of abortion now will pave the way for other attacks on human life in the future.

“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.”

He said: “A number of EU member states have already legalised euthanasia. I am convinced that if we concede any ground on abortion, 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.

“This is the final frontier. If we cross it, there will be no easy way back.”

In 2003, Belgium was the second State in the world to legalise euthanasia for adult patients after Holland liberalised the law a year earlier, becoming the first country since Nazi Germany to permit the practice. Abortion in Belgium is legal until 12 weeks after conception. Later abortions are allowed if there is a risk to the woman’s life, or the foetus shows risk of births defects.

The Belgian Senate and Parliament – bodies similar to Ireland’s Oireachtas – legalised euthanasia by lethal injection for children on 13 February 2014. A 17-year-old become the first teenager to have his life ended under the law.

Meanwhile, Belgians killed by euthanasia has reportedly surged. A newspaper has commented on the alleged killing by euthanasia of “a perfectly healthy” 24-year-old woman because she was suffering from “suicidal thoughts.”

Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act took effect in the Netherlands on April 1, 2002. It legalises euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in specific cases.

The Netherlands legalised abortion in November 1984. There, abortions may be carried out on demand until the twenty-first week.