Tomorrow will mark the 5th anniversary of a shameful day in Ireland’s history, when compassion was turned in its head, and when the weakest and most vulnerable of al l our people were stripped of all protection.The rights of unborn children had to be removed, we were told, because that would empower women and make them safer. That hasn’t happened.There was no need for concern, because abortion would be safe, legal and ‘rare’, we were told. That hasn’t happened.
As has been previously established, the long-awaited review of the 2018 abortion legislation was stacked in one direction from the beginning. But it is still astonishing to see the media ignore the fatal flaws in what was purported to be an independent examination of the operation of the abortion act.
Earlier this month, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, said that 8,500 women had availed of abortion services in Ireland in 2022. He sounded pretty pleased about the numbers, even though, if he is correct, it would represent an enormous jump in the number of babies being killed by abortion.
The government’s review of the operation of the 2018 abortion law has found that babies are being born alive after abortion – and may be denied even comfort care after the procedure failed to end their lives.
On December 16th 2022, Bríd Smith TD of People Before Profit, moved a Bill to amend the abortion law in Ireland.
The HSE has said that in some instances where a decision has not been made by the woman in regard to the disposal of the remains of an aborted baby, the body will be dealt with “in line with hospital healthcare risk waste disposal policies”.
In 2018, then Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that he was willing to support repeal of the 8th amendment and legalisation of abortion on demand to 12 weeks because he had been assured there would be “strict guidelines”, including a three-day waiting period for women to reflect on the decision before they underwent an abortion.
The indiscriminate and exploitative use of a dead woman's name, and her image, to push a controversial campaign - that she was never part of - continues. Yet the same campaigners ignore the tragic death of Aisha Chithira, writes NIAMH UÍ BHRIAIN