Doctors’ ‘alarm’ over removal of Eighth Amendment and Government plans for abortion

‘Public are entitled to know that the Government’s proposal has nothing to do with healthcare, and everything to do with introducing abortion on demand into Ireland.’

Sligo News File.

Doctors have come out strongly against the Government-driven campaign for the repeal of the Eighth amendment.

Baby at 12 weeks.

The people of the country by a massive majority inserted the Eighth amendment in the Constitution in 1983 specifically to protect the life of the mother and the unborn child.

Now the government wants to completely remove the constitutional right to life of the child and allow for unrestricted killing of babies up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reportedly gone so far as to say May 25th will be Ireland’s chance to come of age as a nation by voting Yes to the abolition of the baby protecting Eighth amendment.

Doctors, however, have expressed alarm about the Government’s proposal.

Commenting following a meeting of medical practitioners in Dublin, one is on record as saying the Government proposal “has nothing to do with healthcare,” and “”would introduce unrestricted abortion in the first three months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever.”

He said: “As GPs and other healthcare workers, we feel that the public are entitled to know that the Government’s proposal has nothing to do with healthcare, and everything to do with introducing abortion on demand into Ireland.” 

Launching their outreach in Dublin last week, Caroline Simons of the Love Both campaign group warned that if the Irish Constitution is amended, “Ireland will go from being a country that protects unborn babies to one of the most extreme abortion regimes in the world.”

She said the government proposal “also allows for abortion on vague and undefined ‘health’ grounds, up to viability and even up to birth, where the baby has a possible terminal illness and in other circumstances as well.”