Kevin Cullen’s column “O’Malley’s reasoning on BC graduation boycott is flawed” is ironically titled because it is in fact Cullen’s reasoning that is flawed, riddled with omissions and down right falsehoods regarding abortion in Ireland.
As Cullen notes, Prime Minister Enda Kenny is the democratically elected leader of Ireland, but Cullen conveniently fails to mention that Kenny and his party Fine Gael were elected on a promise not to change abortion laws. This is an essential fact for understanding the controversy. Even a simple Google search on the issue will bring up scores of photos of Irish pro-lifers carrying signs saying, “Enda Kenny/Fine Gael, Keep Your Pro-Life Promise.” The Prime Minister is poised to betray the very people who duly elected him.
Contrary to what Cullen writes, Ireland already allows abortion when a woman’s life is at risk. The issue at hand is that Kenny’s legislation would allow for exceptions for women claiming they will commit suicide if they don’t get an abortion. Not only does his legislation go against research that abortion does not benefit mental health of the mother but rather harms it, his legislation will also end up allowing abortion on demand for any woman willing to make the threat of suicide. Because there is no gestational age limit included in the measure, the bill will essentially allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.
Cullen acts as if Kenny has a duty to follow Ireland’s Supreme Court ruling, as if the decision were handed down during Kenny’s term or even in the recent past. In fact, the case in question, commonly referred to as the “X Case,” was decided in 1992. The court’s decision 20 years ago had no power to change the laws, and the justices could only ask politicians to modify them to fit their ruling.
The piece further fails to mention that the people of Ireland passed an amendment in 1983 that enshrined a right to life for the unborn in its constitution. Ireland is a pro-life nation, it is embedded in its highest laws, and it has always banned abortion with exceptions for cases in which the mother’s pregnancy puts her physical life at stake. (In the latter case, respect for life is still honored when the physician induces delivery and attempts to save the lives of both patients – the premature baby and the mother. They do not simply give up on or purposefully end the life of the child altogether, snipping the neck of the babies or sucking out their brains, as happens here in the United States.)
If Kenny were to truly “adhere to the Irish Constitution and the Irish people who embody that Constitution,” as Cullen says, he would be forced drop his abortion legislation.
Cullen cites an inquest “last year” that found Savita Halappanavar would “most likely be alive” if she had been given an abortion earlier. The inquest finding of “medical misadventure” was actually released last month and said she had died 4 days after her child from septic shock and E coli. This was a case of sepsis mismanagement, which was said to be the worst case the hospital had ever seen. It is shameful that pro-abortion forces are using her untimely death to advance such a deadly agenda.
All of these points are reason enough to oppose Prime Minister Enda Kenny anywhere, but the fact that he is to be honored at a Catholic school is beyond the pale. Abortion is the greatest human rights battle happening in Ireland right now, and Kenny is the face of the pro-abortion movement in the country. Giving him such a prestigious platform at such a prominent time conveys the message that Boston College supports his stance, one that is in direct violation of Catholic Church doctrine.
Irrespective of any opinions Kevin Cullen has in regards to past words or actions by Kenny, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, or the Catholic Church in general on other issues, this is an inappropriate event for the school as they are honoring a man who will be ushering in the genocide of millions of unborn babies in just a few months. The Cardinal made the correct and obvious decision to condemn Prime Minister Kenny and remove himself from the event, we call on Boston College to do the same and remove Kenny.
Students for Life of America has launched a website http://NotAtBC.com where citizens can email BC President Rev. William Leahy demanding he rescind Kenny’s invitation to speak, and send messages to Cardinal O’Malley thanking him for standing for life by boycotting the commencement. We will also will be holding an open prayer vigil and public witness at BC’s graduation, outside Alumni Stadium, beginning at 8am on Monday, May 20th to stand up for women, show the value and worth of all children in the womb, and voice our support for keeping Ireland abortion-free – something BC should have done itself.