It should come as no surprise that the Health Committee tasked with examining proposed amendments to Simon Harris’ ‘termination of pregnancy’ legislation spent most of the time discussing everything except abortion itself.
Simon Harris and his fellow abortion supporters have claimed that late-term abortions will not be carried out in Ireland, but that claim is contradicted by the letter of the law that the Health Minister is pushing through the Dáil as fast as he can.
Last week, Carol Nolan gave an electrifying speech in the Dáil opposing the abortion bill, where she said that “many good men and women in this very house are being bullied into fear, silence and obedience” and that a “fear of not being reselected by party leaders” was effectively censoring pro-life politicians. The Offaly TD is absolutely correct. There is no free vote on abortion in Fianna Fáíl or Fine Gael.
Minister Simon Harris and his fellow abortion campaigners are insisting that the people voted on May 25th for a liberal abortion regime, and that no life-saving amendments to the abortion bill should be considered. Harris is even refusing to accept an amendment which would outlaw abortion on disability grounds as he says the vote has given him a mandate to proceed as he sees fit. The evidence, however, would suggest otherwise.