Row over abortion conference

Row over abortion conferenceOver the staging of a conference for doctors on abortion, a row erupted between the Catholic Church and a family-planning organization.

The two-day event was described by the Catholic bishops as undermining the rights of children in the womb.

It should also be noted that in the Republic of Ireland, abortion is not legal except cases where a mother’s life is at risk or a risk of suicide.

The conference is aimed at giving the best possible care to women who want to undergo an abortion, the Family Planning Association, FPA, stated and it is a fact that every year thousands of women from both north and south Ireland go through the procedure.

Last night in the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co Down, the All-Ireland Conference on Abortion and Clinical Practice opened.

The conference that is being organized by the UK-based FPA is being participated in by some 60 medical practitioners, about 20 of whom are from the south.

The conference is being deplored by the Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland.

They said in a statement, "It is an attempt to normalize what is unacceptable. We appeal to all those who cherish the inherent dignity of human life in all its stages to join us in expressing opposition to this event."

Audrey Simpson, director of the FPA in Northern Ireland, said, “Between 70 and 90 abortions are performed in Northern Ireland every year where the mother's physical and mental health is at grave risk.”