The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has told the Cabinet that a review into the abortion law introduced in 2018 by his predecessor, Simon Harris, has been set in place. The review is obligated by the legislation.
A major new Report from the International Reproductive Journal, Contraception, has shown that Irish medical professionals involved in the delivery of abortion services report higher levels of social and professional isolation. The research underpinning the Report was conducted by pro-choice medics and academics.
Readers may already be aware of the Turnaway study; a study that has been claimed to “prove” that women do not regret abortion, and that being denied an abortion could be more harmful to women, both physically and mentally. However, on reading the study itself, instead of relying on the media coverage and even the researcher's own summary, its clear that the results of the study paint a different picture to what has been portrayed. One key finding, that you will not often see, was that by the end of the study, 96% of women who were denied an abortion reported feeling that they no longer wished they had the abortion.
Last October, after an extensive and supportive media build-up, the Dáil voted on a bill proposed by the Socialist TD, Gino Kenny, seeking to legalise Assisted Suicide and euthanasia in Ireland - ensuring doctors could end the lives of patients.
In jurisdictions where euthanasia and/or assisted suicide is legal, experience shows there are profound implications for pharmacy practice. Little attention in the current euthanasia debate has been paid to the role of Irish pharmacists.
In the midst of a global pandemic that has taken millions of lives and destroyed livelihoods across the world, the possibility of the availability of safe and effective vaccines offers an escape route that will save lives and allow the world to return to something resembling normality.
Like many others, I was quite shocked to read the statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference on vaccines for Covid 19. Whilst I'm sure that the statement is theologically correct, there are many possible courses of action which can be theologically correct.