During the course of a Dáil debate yesterday evening on the establishment of the Cervical Check Tribunal Bill 2019, Deputy Mattie McGrath made the following comments in relation to Minister Simon Harris:
With 30 as the average age of mothers now giving birth – ‘four years older than in the Seventies’ - the chairman of the British Fertility Society Dr Jane Stewart has ‘called for a shift in society, urging those hoping for children to start planning at a younger age, when their fertility was more secure’ (‘Put babies before your careers to avoid fertility “heartbreak”, couples told’, Telegraph, June 22, 2019).
In April 2018, the Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (FACS) Forum, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health to discuss the risks associated with the Epilepsy and Bipolar treatment drug marked and licensed in Ireland as Epilim.
For the abortion campaign it is important to sell the ideas of ‘choice’, ‘freedom’ and ‘rights’ because the reality is so horrible; the dream is really a nightmare, and even their most appealing campaigns tend to rebound against them, revealing the truth behind the spin.
Last week, the senate of Argentina rejected the legalization of abortion by a mere handful of votes, sending shockwaves through the abortion movement and triggering wild celebrations from Argentinian pro-lifers who took to the streets by the thousands, waving the blue kerchiefs that had become the symbol of their movement.
Any neutral commentator would have to conclude that Simon Harris is doing a terrible job as Minister for Health. The Health Service is in chaos, and despite his much-vaunted promises, the Minister has utterly failed to improve the appalling numbers of people on waiting lists for essential services, or left lying on trollies in overcrowded hospitals.