Abortion supporters are the extremists.

It is the baby-butchers, not we who oppose them, who are extremists
On May 25 this year, the anniversary of the Dismal Referendum in which the increasingly totalitarian population voted for baby-butchering, was marked by a Mass of reparation in the recently-restored parish church of the Sacred Heart in Limerick.

During recent speculation about whether the arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg might be chosen by the ruling Conservative Party in Britain as its new leader when the most incompetent Prime Minister in our history is eventually dragged out of Downing Street bleating and gnashing her NHS dentures, the unspeakable BBC featured a “correspondent” who said that, though Jacob would win by a country mile if the voters in the constituencies had anything to do with it, he would not be acceptable to Tory MPs because he was a Catholic and, therefore, an “extremist” on abortion.

It is not we who are extremists. The extremists are those who consider it acceptable to torture and kill the blameless little children of our race.

Various international conventions, including the UN Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Human Rights Convention and the United States Declaration of Independence, speak of “the right to life”. But they don’t mean it. And if they don’t mean that, how can we have any confidence that they mean anything?

How is it that the Church has lost the debate on baby-butchering? No small part of the answer is that too few Bishops these days have the moral courage or intellectual capacity to take on the baby-butchers in the public square and win. They have flabbily given up.

However, some of the campaigning groups that oppose baby-butchering must also shoulder some of the blame. For they have set their face against one very powerful argument which, on its own, would eventually lead to victory in the debate about whether it is justifiable to kill babies and to drag them piece by little piece – an arm here, a leg there – out of what was once the sanctuary of the womb.

Or, worse still, to drag them out whole and leave them to gasp their last, fluttering, tiny breath on some shiny hospital draining-board under the cold glare of the strip-lights and the still colder glare of their killers.

The holy innocents are not merely murdered: they are tortured as they are murdered. For neither Britain – to its eternal shame the first country openly to make the killing of babies lawful – nor even the Island of Saints and Scholars has included in its law governing the slaughter of children in abattoirs (formerly “hospitals”) a requirement that the slaughterers must administer an anaesthetic to the little one before tearing it limb from limb.

Now, torture is forbidden by numerous international conventions. There is an entire convention dedicated exclusively to forbidding torture. It is entirely clear to anyone reading that convention that butchering a child by any of the currently practised methods without first making absolutely sure that the child is unconscious is, in the formal sense, torture.

Have any of our bishops taken any steps whatsoever to report the abattoirs to the police for torture? Not that I know of.

They may thinks that, if we were to complain publicly not only about the slaughter of the innocents but also about the torture that is so cruelly inflicted upon them while the authorities look the other way, the general public would think we were condoning the slaughter.

In my experience, the public are a lot brighter than some may think. Ordinary people are perfectly capable of understanding that we are opposed not only to baby-butchering but also to baby torturing. In opposing torture we are not going soft on slaughter.

There are two reasons why drawing public attention to the torture as well as to the slaughter would help us to win the debate on baby-butchering and save countless lives.

First, every member of the abattoir staff working on the butchering production-line would be made aware, every time the injection to anaesthetise a doomed child was administered, that the child is just that – a child, a sentient being, one of us. Just think of the cumulative effect of that observation hour after hour, day after day, week after month after year on the destruction-line.

Secondly, both in UK abortion law and, as far as I know, in Irish abortion law there is no right to torture a child while slaughtering it. A single well-targeted prosecution of just one abattoir with an “H” on the door for torturing just one child would be enough.

In case you don’t think the child is aware of the slaughtering process, watch The Silent Scream. See the little one shrink away as the instruments of death invade the sanctuary of the womb. As the instruments make contact, see the unheard scream of terror and agony. I couldn’t even watch that far before bursting into tears. But then, I would, wouldn’t I? To the Bolshevik Broadcasting Commissariat, I’m an “extremist”, me.