In Ireland, Pre-born Children’s Rights Extend “Well Beyond the Right to Life”

baby-18937_1280In case you missed it:  A judge of the Irish High Court has ruled that the rights of the unborn extend “well beyond the right to life alone.” Those rights, he added, are “significant” and must be taken seriously by the government.

The ruling by Justice Richard Humphries came in an ongoing case concerning a Nigerian man who had attempted to claim refugee status, after the government initiated deportation proceedings against him. The case was initiated in 2008, but deportation was delayed due to several appeals, and was then subject to judicial review.  In the meantime, the man–who is romantically involved with an Irish woman–fathered a child, as yet unborn.

According to the Catholic Herald,

“The rights of the child at this time have an impact on the strength of his case to stay in the country.”

News of the ruling comes at a time when Ireland’s traditional anti-abortion sentiment has been changing. In 2013, Ireland legalized abortion to protect the life of the mother–even if the “risk” is that the pregnant woman might consider suicide.

The Catholic Herald quoted Patrick Buckley, consultant to the Dublin office of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and a U-N lobbyist, who said,

“The ruling is vitally important at a time when the status of unborn babies in Ireland is once again under grave threat from pro-abortion organisations and the media.”

Pro-abortion activists in Ireland have lobbied for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment, which affirms the right to life of the unborn child. Judge Humphries’ ruling in the deportation case is seen as an obstacle to that campaign.


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By |2018-01-27T17:39:08+00:00August 10th, 2016|Politics & Culture|


  1. John Fisher August 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    This is not racism and look at the mess the USA is in because of slavery and the importation of disparate ethnicities that are in the process of hybridizing. The age of colonialism is over. The USA has policies and outlooks that are not applicable in the old World and are not a respectful and truthful guide for different peoples. Nigerians are the most opportunistic and calculating people. I have known many and my view had been formed by them. The Nigerian seminarians who go abroad and leave their studies after getting residency. In Australia for some insane reason Africans are moving bringing with then dysfunction, crime and violence…

  2. Mark Sells August 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    One of the things I love about this ruling is that not only is the right to life of the child affirmed, but also the child’s right to a natural mother and father. Whatever possibly complex motives may have led to the conception of the child, now that child’s rights supersede the right of the state to deport the father.

  3. John Fisher August 11, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I would put it to you the involvement with the Irish woman and even fathering a child are probably part of the strategy to acquire the right to live in Ireland. I am appalled as.Ireland is no place for a Nigerian. In the Old world ethnicities and cultures are finely balanced and need stay that way. I ask you why would an African move to Europe except for economic reasons. It would be more natural to stay in Nigeria or move to an adjacent country. Population movements are not helpful for the immigrant who loses so much or their country of origin that loses a great deal. Generally its a question of having an inner check list of compatibility. language, religion, culture, ancestry, local connections, climate and all those other things with money at the very end not as the first and only reason. The colonies like Africa and China kicked the foreign devils out. Ireland is no place for a African. The age of colonization is over. An Irishman in Nigeria is as out of place as a Nigerian in Ireland sorry and added to this being an illegal immigrant he should be deported.

    • George Pierson August 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Racism is dead. Deal with it.

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