Readers may think I am deliberately ignoring the Savita Halapannavar case, which has dominated Irish headlines and broadcasting for the last week or so.
It's not that I'm ignoring it, though I do find the fact that this private tragedy is being used as a political tug-of-war to be extremely distasteful.
What is there left to say, though? It has been pointed out, over and over and over, that we simply don't yet know the cause of this tragedy, we don't know if it was preventable, we know that Ireland is one of the safest countries in which to have a baby, and that the European Court of Human Rights (whose decisions are non-binding anyway) did not rule that Ireland must legislate for abortion.
David Quinn, in this article for the Irish Catholic, says it all.
May God receive the soul of this poor woman, and her poor baby, and may He bring comfort to her grieving husband and relatives.
And may He keep Ireland free from the terrible scourge of abortion.