At 16 weeks pregnant, Ellie Whittaker was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Doctors advised her to have an abortion or to delay treatment, even though studies have shown that women can be treated for cancer during pregnancy without harming the baby. These studies discovered that chemotherapy after the first trimester is not harmful to the baby. Researchers concluded that women do not need to abort or to delay cancer treatment, but need to be fully informed of their treatment options instead of being offered abortion.
The events will mark one year since abortion was legalised in Northern Ireland. The pro-life group said the LIFE CHAINS will be held in remembrance of 664 babies killed by abortion since the legislation came into force.
Last month began the biannual 40 Days for Life campaign, and, after the shocking revelation of 6,666 abortions taking place in our country last year, it is significant to see four local communities in Ireland joining countries across the globe to take part in this vigil.
Ten Fine Gael TDs and four from Fianna Fáil joined liberal and left-wing TDs last night to ensure the Assisted Suicide bill passed its second stage in the Dáil by 81 votes to 71. The bill will now go to the Committee Stage for examination.
Recently I addressed a group of Parliamentarians in London about assisted suicide and euthanasia. My talk, which coincided with World Suicide Prevention day, sought to address the unintended consequences of legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia in the Netherlands.