An extract from a Statement of the Irish Bishops, March 2018.
"Some people argue that the right to life of the unborn should be a matter of personal choice on the part of the mother.
Others argue that, while they are opposed to abortion as a general principle, they believe that there are some children to whom the right to life does not apply either because they have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition or because they have been conceived as a result of rape.
We wish to state our firmly held belief, based on reason as well as faith, that there is no such thing as a human life without value.
We accept, of course, that death is part of our human condition. What we reject is the suggestion that any person can decide when it is time for another person to die."