Irelandís abortion plans opposed30 August 2012
Ireland's abortion ban may be overturned in the coming months as the Government prepares to legislate on the issue in response to a 2010 European Court of Human Rights ruling.
This week, the Primate of the All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, warned the Government that any attempt to legalise abortion through a ministerial directive would be "vigorously and comprehensively" opposed by the Church.
The Irish hierarchy and pro-life groups believe a referendum should be held because the European court's ruling in the case of A, B and C vs Ireland "did not oblige the Irish Government to legislate for any form of abortion in Ireland," the cardinal said in an address in Waterford.
The court heard that plaintiff C had cancer and was told her life would be endangered if she became pregnant.
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