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In Airteagal 40.3.3° de Bhunreacht na hÉireann (‘an tOchtú Leasú’) “[A]dmhaíonn an Stát ceart na mbeo gan breith chun a mbeatha agus, ag féachaint go cuí do chomhcheart na máthar chun a beatha, ráthaíonn sé gan cur isteach lena dhlíthe ar an gceart sin agus ráthaíonn fós an ceart sin a chosaint is a shuíomh lena dhlíthe sa mhéid gur féidir é.”

Aithníonn an tOchtú Leasú cearta máithreacha chun a mbeatha. Mar is léir ón bhfoclaíocht, ní chosnaíonn sé ceart na mbeo gan bhreith chun a mbeatha ach chomh fada is nach gcuireann an chosaint sin isteach ar cheart na máthar chun a beatha sise.

Rialaigh an Chúirt Uachtarach le déanaí sa chás M –v- An tAire Dlí agus Cirt agus Comhionannais go bhfuil cearta na mbeo gan bhreith faoin mBunreacht teoranta do na cearta sin a admhaítear san Ochtú Leasú.

Dá réir sin, b’ionann an tOchtú Leasú a aisghairm agus an t-aitheantas atá anois ann maidir le ceart na mbeo gan bhreith chun a mbeatha a bhaint amach as an mBunreacht ar fad agus gach cosaint bhunreachtúil don bhuachaill sa bhroinn nó don chailín sa bhroinn a thógáil glan amach as an mBunreacht.

Tá sé tugtha le fios ag an Rialtas go bhfuil rún acu reachtaíocht a chur faoi bhráid an Oireachtais má dhéantar an tOchtú Leasú a aisghairm. Cheadódh an reachtaíocht atá i gceist deireadh a chur le saol an linbh sa bhroinn gan chúis ar bith le linn na chéad 12 seachtain agus i bhfad ina dhiaidh sin ar chúiseanna as ar tháinig ginmhilleadh ar éileamh i ndlínsí agus i dtíortha eile. Anuas air sin, d’fhéadfaí srian ar bith a chuirfí ar ghinmhileadh le reachtaíocht a chur ar ceal am ar bith amach anseo ar neamhchead don Phobal.

Is léir, dá bhrí sin, nach ginmhilleadh i gcásanna eisceachtúla amháin atátar a mholadh ach ceart forleathan chun ginmhilleadh a fháil.

Bhí gach duine againn sa bhroinn tráth. De réir mar a théimid in aois, méadaíonn ár gcumas cearta a éileamh agus a bhaint amach. Chomh maith leis sin, is féidir go laghdóidh ar ár gcumas de dheasca tinnis thromaí, seanaois nó cúiseanna eile. Ag gach staid den turas seo, áfach, sa mbroinn nó taobh amuigh fán saol mór, is iad na daoine céanna muid i gcónaí leis an dínit dhúchasach chéanna agus leis na cearta comhionanna doshantaithe céanna. Is í is bunchloch do na cearta daonna seo ar fad ná an ceart chun na beatha. Is í an Bheatha an rud buan a cheadaíonn agus a áisíonn duit gach ceart daonna eile a fheidhmiú.

Mar dhlíodóirí ó gach gné dár ngairm, idir lucht cleachtaithe dlí agus iad sin atá anois ag obair i réimsí eile, tá dóchas againn go dtiocfaidh an tsochaí seo againn ar an tátal, agus machnamh déanta ar an méad atá idir dhá cheann na meá sa reifreann seo chugainn agus i moltaí forleathana leathadacha an Rialtais, go mbeadh sé éagórach ó bhonn na cosaintí atá anois sa Bhunreacht a tharraingt siar ón leanbh sa bhroinn nó chun an chumhacht a thabhairt don Rialtas atá á lorg acu chun reachtaíocht a thabhairt isteach sa cheantar seo.

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