Shock as TD’s discuss report on Irish abortions
Sligo News File.
Nearly 7,000 unborn babies have reportedly been killed under Ireland’s recently enacted abortion laws.
Legislation permitting abortion, campaigned for by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein, and the Greens was rolled out in 2019 but now it’s claimed that even late-term babies are being put to death.
A study undertaken by investigators at University College Cork, detailing interviews involving ten foetal medical specialists providing late-term abortions in Irish maternity hospitals relates the “internal conflict” they experience. It quotes one doctor interviewed for the study as referring to what they do as “stabbing the baby in the heart” while another said: “I remember getting sick out in the corridors afterwards because I thought it (feticide) was such an awful procedure and so dreadful.”
TD’s debating the findings of the study heard a deputy say that the current Fianna Fail Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly refused to entertain a request for mandatory administration of painkilling relief or palliative care for babies surviving abortion attempts.
Independent Deputy Michael Collins said the people of Ireland had voted for abortion “but no one ever thought that there would be 6,666 abortions in 12 months.
“I met so many people who voted for it who are stunned by this,” he said.
Deputy Mattie McGrath said that during meetings of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution in 2018, the then Minister for Health, Simon Harris ignored all appeals from pro-life deputies for the inclusion of pain relief measures in the abortion legislation.
He said: “It’s a shocking situation in our country today, something has to be done about it. It is just not acceptable. It is unspeakable.”
Deputy Carol Nolan said there was now conflict among doctors diagnosing fatal foetal abnormality “and also in terms of palliative care for babies born alive. Questioning what action the government was going to take, she said “we will not allow this to be swept under the carpet. It is barbaric and shameful.”
Deputy Sean Canney said the findings of the study, published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, were “horrific” when read. The report, which, he said, was an independent study not commissioned by any particular group, was “very frightening.” There was an onus on the Minister to ensure it was examined, he said
Deputy Peader Toibin, addressing the Minister of State for Public Health Frank Feighan in the Chamber, said an unborn child was “a living human being “He or she is as human as you, as alive as you and as individual as yourself, and that is according to science. Under the government, however, late-term abortions are being carried out on unborn children and pain relief is not being used.
“On any level, humanitarian basis and understanding of society, how can the Minister of State stand by this? When we put amendments to the Bill when it was rushed through in 2018 Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Sinn Fein voted against amendments to ensure that pain relief was included in this regime.
“I put the question to the Fianna Fail Minister, Deputy Stephen Donnelly only a week ago asking him to ensure that pain relief would be afforded to children when they are being aborted in this country. Deputy Stephen Donnelly, the Fianna Fail Minister for Health refused.”
Deputy Michael Collins said when the people of Ireland voted for abortion a couple of years ago “no one ever thought that there would be 6,666 abortions in 12 months. I met so many people who voted for it who are stunned by this.”
Alluding to the contents of the UCC study, he said “we were assured this would never happen, and it is happening. It is wrong, It is a terrible, terrible wrong.”
Concluding, Deputy McGrath said what was going on was “barbaric, shocking and unbelievable.” With his colleagues he intended, he said, “to bring forward an amendment to this barbaric legislation.”