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Letters | REFLECTING ON BOSTON COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT CONTROVERSY

Swipe at Catholic Action League off the mark

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (right) stood to receive an honorary degree from Boston College president William P. Leahy during commencement ceremonies Monday.

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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (right) stood to receive an honorary degree from Boston College president William P. Leahy during commencement ceremonies Monday.

Kevin Cullen was so busy hurling insults and invectives at the Catholic Action League that he omitted a few salient facts about Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Ireland’s abortion laws, the core issues in the Boston College commencement controversy (“O’Malley lost me on this,” Metro, May 14).

Cullen, with audacious revisionism, repeatedly refers to an Irish Supreme Court decision that he alleges is forcing the hand of an otherwise pro-life Kenny to loosen Ireland’s prohibition on abortion. What he does not mention is that the decision was rendered in 1992, 21 years ago. The notion that an unoffending Kenny is under some imminent compulsion depriving him of all discretion is meretricious.

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The reality is that Kenny, who was elected on a promise not to change abortion laws, is making a political payoff to his coalition partners in the Labor Party, who want legalized abortion in Ireland.

Cullen also invents the unsupported charge that women in Ireland have been dying because of abortion laws. Ireland has one of the world’s lowest maternal mortality rates, and abortion was not an issue until the tragic Savita Halappanavar case, whose death, according to the inquest, was caused by medical misdiagnosis.

Cullen was right about one thing. In too many cases in the past, the church failed to stop the molestation of children. It is a pity, therefore, that Cullen seems to have no understanding of those who want to stop the killing of children before they are born.

C. J. Doyle

Executive director

Catholic Action League

of Massachusetts

Boston

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