Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution says:
"The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right."Patrick Buckley of the European Life Network, based in Dublin, said,
"Quite clearly the right to life of these four babies was not acknowledged, respected, defended or vindicated. They were simply terminated."In terms of Catholic moral theology, this is formal co-operation in evil. In terms of social care, it is also a disastrous failure of responsibility towards the young girls involved.