This week, Dr Rhona Mahony came out in support of legalising abortion on broad ‘health’ grounds and claimed that the 8th amendment was preventing doctors from saving women’s lives or giving them the medical treatment they required. Bioethics commentator, David Mullins, eviscerated that claim in this excellent article in the Irish Catholic and which explains that she did not present all the facts about Irish medical practice – and he showed that guidelines from the HSE and the Institute for Obstetrics and Gynaecology obliged doctors to act to save mothers’ lives where a delivery of the baby was necessary.
The New York Times is not usually known for giving a hearing to a pro-life point of view so it was refreshing to see an insightful and intelligent article slamming the political view that says abortion is especially needed for poorer women. As the author writes: “It’s also patronizing, and patently dishonest. Of course unplanned pregnancy presents challenges. But it doesn’t have to lead to economic failure. Abortion is society’s easy way out — its way of avoiding grappling with the fundamental injustices driving women to abortion clinics.”
At the 4th session of the Citizens’ Assembly the reality of abortion was brought home to the 99 members of the assembly when Dr Anthony Levatino gave a riveting, heart-breaking testimony. Watch it, share it, and read it below. Make the truth behind the repeal slogan known.
The Life Institute has said that pro-abortion activists travelling the country looking to tout abortion pills are acting like drug pushers, and that their disregard for the lives of women and babies was callous, reckless and reprehensible. Spokeswoman Niamh Uí Bhriain said that senior medical experts had advised that taking abortion pills in an unsupervised setting could kill women, and the abortion bus activists clearly had a reckless disregard for women's lives. That they had no regard for the lives of vulnerable babies was "shocking but unsurprising" she said.