Doctors, nurses and pharmacists are standing up to Simon Harris’ attempts to force them to facilitate abortions, and their courage has gained them support even from medical colleagues who voted to repeal the 8th.
Dr Eoghan de Faoite joined maternal health experts at a United Nations event in New York last Wednesday to offer evidence that abortion is not medically necessary to promote women’s health and can actually harm women instead.
Some great news for the Life Canvass, as another leading national pro-life organisation, Family & Life, have formally come on board to make this the biggest pro-life door-to-door initiative ever seen in Ireland.
The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has committed to spending scarce health funds on free abortions should the electorate repeal the 8th Amendment. Speaking on Friday Harris said that the state would fund abortion in public hospitals and that it was his belief that “if people make a decision about a health service, it should be available in the public service.” Harris's remarks were made at the launch of the implementation plan for the National Maternity Strategy.
Tim Jackson is now on his 9th day without food, and his fast against injustice has attracted huge attention to his mission, which is to ensure that legislators who are pushing to legalise abortion watch a video of the procedure. His hunger strike outside the Dáil has attracted a steady stream of supporters, while his interviews and videos on social media have gone viral, with more than 150,000 organic views.
This week, Dr Rhona Mahony came out in support of legalising abortion on broad ‘health’ grounds and claimed that the 8th amendment was preventing doctors from saving women’s lives or giving them the medical treatment they required. Bioethics commentator, David Mullins, eviscerated that claim in this excellent article in the Irish Catholic and which explains that she did not present all the facts about Irish medical practice – and he showed that guidelines from the HSE and the Institute for Obstetrics and Gynaecology obliged doctors to act to save mothers’ lives where a delivery of the baby was necessary.
Last week, Katherine Zappone, a woman who is meant to be the Minister for Children, sparked a storm of criticism when she give a strident speech in favour of legalising abortion in demand. Zappone demanded that it was time to stop granting equal rights to preborn babies and called for abortion to be legalised. She had previously taken part in the ‘March for Choice’ last September which called for abortion to be available without restriction.
The Life Institute has hit out at Canadian Prime Minister's after he called for Ireland to legalise abortion, saying that "Justin Trudeau should instead move to repeal Canada's disgusting and inhumane abortion laws which permit abortion until birth and fail to protect babies who have survived abortion."
The Life Institute has accused the United Nations of pushing the Irish government to act illegally, after the State was encouraged in a recent hearing to take measures to encourage the public to vote Yes in a ‘repeal the 8th’ referendum. The comments were made as Ireland appeared before the monitoring body of the United Nations Committee Against Torture on Thursday, July 27th. The Committee is chaired by a Danish doctor and includes members from countries where human rights abuses are rife such as China. Denmark has recently said it will be ‘Down Syndrome’ free in the near future with almost all babies with the condition being aborted before birth.
Pro-life activists have said that they are gravely concerned about implications for a free and fair debate ahead of the expected abortion referendum after Gardai seized pro-life materials in Kilkenny City last Saturday. The Save the 8th pro-life roadshow was visiting the city on the last day of its extended tour, which had already been to 17 towns and cities throughout Ireland without incidence. However, just 10 minutes into the information event, Garda detectives arrived and threatened arrest if photographs of babies who had been aborted were not removed from display.