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.
It should come as no surprise that the Health Committee tasked with examining proposed amendments to Simon Harris’ ‘termination of pregnancy’ legislation spent most of the time discussing everything except abortion itself.
Another week, another dire warning from medical experts on the absolute crisis in our health service.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said that emergency departments are at risk of becoming “war zones” because the HSE has no plan in place to deal with another winter of growing overcrowding.
On Saturday, 26th. May 2018, the count was in: 66.4% of people who cast their vote opted for the removal of the Eight Amendment, saying goodbye to legal protection for all future unborn children in Ireland and approving the spilling of innocent Irish blood on our own shores.
I know that your heart, like mine, feels broken. We need time to grieve and to recover. But every one of you who took part in what was an inspiring, brilliant and heroic NO campaign should hold your head up high.
The proposed change to the Constitution – to be voted on the 25th of May – will mean that the 8th Amendment, which protects the life of the unborn with due regard to the life of the mother, will be replaced with a statement that says: “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies.”
The Irish health system is failing in terms of cost, patient satisfaction and waiting times, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), indicated on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day. And they say it is likely to get worse.