Irish Citizens' Assembly should discuss increasing provision for crisis pregnancy, not openly conspire to kill the unborn
The Irish Government's so-called 'Citizens' Assembly' is set to meet, for the first time, this weekend at Dublin Castle.
At a reported cost of €2M, the Citizens' Assembly is supposed to be a cross-section of Irish society - 99 citizens, "randomly" selected by pollsters from Red C, plus one judge, from the Irish Supreme Court, Mary Laffoy, to chair the meetings - which will take place on one weekend per month, over the coming months.
Actually, the Citizens' Assembly is not an official 'governmental' body at all, and it has no statutory power.
It will be a consultative body only. However, as with Ireland's first such effort, called the 'Citizens' Convention' which was set up in 2012 and which recommended, among other things, that a referendum on same-sex "marriage" be held, it is clear that the new Citizens' Assembly could well be taken seriously by the Dail, if doubts about its remit (and very existence) are not raised.
This year, the Assembly will be tasked with looking at several current issues, and reporting back to the Government with recommendations on the same. Included in these issues will be: fixed-term parliaments; Ireland's ageing population; climate change; and, the holding of so-called "super referendums".
If these issues were the only issues to be discussed by the Assembly, the concept might be worthy of consideration, if only as a new forum for participative democracy.
But, as has been repeatedly reported, the first and most important issue to be discussed by the Assembly will be the 8th Amendment (Ireland's pro-life constitutional amendment), and whether or not it should be repealed.
In other words, the Assembly may meet, under the guise of democracy, to openly discuss the taking of innocent human life.
If they actually do so, the Assembly and the Government, by proxy, will actually make a mockery of true democracy, and, therefore, must be opposed.
Therefore, this petition makes two demands (the second contingent on the rejection of the first):
1) That the Government/Assembly abandon any discussion of the taking of innocent human life (i.e., the repeal of the 8th Amendment), but, rather, discuss increasing Government provision for women in crisis pregnancy; and,
2) That, if the Government/Assembly decide to go forward with a discussion about removing the 8th Amendment, the unborn child must be appointed a Special Advocate, at the Assembly, to fight for his/her right to life, legally and ethically. This Special Advocate would be chosen from among legal experts and offered to the Assembly by joint decision of the main Irish pro-life organisations.
How can we make these assertions and call for such action?
Because legislative or electoral actions which are intrinsically opposed to the common good of society are also opposed to democracy itself.
Abortion is intrinsically opposed to the common good of society on many levels, but, fundamentally, because it radically diminishes the dignity of the human person, and takes no account of the right to life of actual human beings in the womb, nor the formation of future culture and society.
In this way, one can say that the Assembly's open discussion of if, when, and how the removal of the protection of human life of future citizens of Ireland is to be done, makes a farce of democracy.
Very simply, this is not what democratic institutions (or, even pseudo-democratic institutions, like the Assembly) are meant to do. It shouldn't be up to "the people" to decide that a whole class of other people (unborn people) should be allowed to be killed!
Not only will such a discussion make a mockery of democracy, but it will also diminish the civility of the rest of society, by suggesting that abortion is the best solution which we can offer to a woman in crisis pregnancy. This is not only a lie, but it is also demonstrably harmful to women - both physically and psychologically.
Despite what modern culture says, radical individualism has its limits - even in law. A perfect example of this is the smoking ban - which proves that, no, a person can't do whatever they want, especially if it has a lethal impact on another person.
Any democracy, worthy of the name, should seek to protect its future generations from abortion - because human life should not be treated as disposable, but, rather, an end in itself.
Neither the people of a nation, nor any Citizen's Assembly, nor any politician, should hold, in their hands, the power over life and death - especially over the most defenceless, vulnerable, and voiceless members of the human family.
Thank you for signing this petition, which demands that the Irish Government/Citizen's Assembly 1) Abandon their discussion on the taking of innocent unborn human life, and, rather discuss increasing Government provision for women in crisis pregnancy; or (if rejecting that option), 2) Appoint a Special Advocate, selected from Irish pro-life organisations, to argue on behalf of the right to life of the unborn child.
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Citizens' Assembly discussion of taking innocent human life fundamentally undemocratic and contemptuous