In January of this year the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published a document called ‘Interim clinical guidance on pathway for management of fatal fetal anomalies and/or life-limiting conditions during pregnancy: Termination of Pregnancy.’
I am one of your constituents and I am writing to you to express my disgust at your treatment of your former colleague, the upstanding and decent Carol Nolan, and the way you tried to bully another woman in the Dáil chamber.
Simon Harris and his fellow abortion supporters have claimed that late-term abortions will not be carried out in Ireland, but that claim is contradicted by the letter of the law that the Health Minister is pushing through the Dáil as fast as he can.
Last week, Carol Nolan gave an electrifying speech in the Dáil opposing the abortion bill, where she said that “many good men and women in this very house are being bullied into fear, silence and obedience” and that a “fear of not being reselected by party leaders” was effectively censoring pro-life politicians. The Offaly TD is absolutely correct. There is no free vote on abortion in Fianna Fáíl or Fine Gael.
You may have seen that media commentators are in a major tizzy about something called ‘fake news’, which they say is having an influence on public opinion, and that this is a Very Bad Thing. The irony here is that fake news is nothing new in the mainstream media, and the breathless reporting on the supposed ‘strike’ in support of the repeal of the 8th is just the latest example of the media tendency to distort the facts, or exclude alternative views, on a whole range of issues.
The Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, is now seriously at odds with both the Parliamentary Party and the party membership in regard to abortion. Before Christmas, the Fianna Fáíl Ard Fheis voted against abortion by an 80% majority, while most of the party’s TDs and Senators are opposed to repealing the constitutional right to life of preborn babies.