Irish bishops disappointed by narrow defeat of abortion referendum
The Irish bishops are disappointed at the narrow defeat of an abortion referendum, said a spokesman for the bishops' conference.
The spokesman, Fr Martin Clarke, told Catholic News Service that Irish citizens missed an opportunity to tighten the country's abortion laws.
"Obviously, we are disappointed, particularly as the result means that the constitutional protection of the unborn continues to be undermined by the 'X case' judgment," Fr Clarke said, referring to the 1992 Irish Supreme Court case that allowed an abortion if a pregnant woman threatened suicide.
Wednesday's referendum included a measure to end the suicide provision, but the proposal was rejected by a margin of less than 1%.
Abortion Referendum 2002 (Catholic Communications, Ireland)
11 Mar 2002