Irish PM says he received letters in blood over planned abortion law

June 12, 2013

(Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny listens during a news conference in Riga June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

Ireland’s prime minister said he had been sent letters written in blood and been branded a murderer by opponents of his government’s plans to allow limited access to abortion, an issue that has polarised the country for decades.

Enda Kenny’s government agreed draft legislation in April to allow for limited access to abortion where a woman’s life is in danger, including the threat of suicide, following months of protests from both sides of the debate.

Ministers signed off on the completed legislation at a meeting on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the government said, and it hopes to enact it before parliament adjourns in July.

After about 40,000 people massed outside government offices in Dublin on Saturday in the largest anti-abortion demonstration in traditionally Roman Catholic Ireland’s history, Kenny delivered a trenchant defence of the plans.

“I am now being branded by personnel around the country as being a murderer, that I am going to have on my soul the death of 20 million babies,” Kenny told parliament on Wednesday, detailing how he had been sent items of Catholic regalia and threatening messages.

“I’m getting medals, scapulars, plastic foetuses, letters written in blood, telephone calls all over the system, and it’s not confined to me.”

A two-decade debate over how Ireland should deal with a Supreme Court ruling that abortion be permitted when a woman’s life was in danger was re-opened last year after the death of a woman who was denied an abortion of her dying foetus.
Read the full story here.

Follow RTRFaithWorld via Twitter Follow all posts on Twitter @ RTRFaithWorld

rss button Follow all posts via RSS

No comments so far

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/