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.
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.
As you know, there’s a huge push right now, both North and South, to legalise abortion for babies with a disability. That’s why we need to stand strong against abortion at the All Ireland Rally for Life in Belfast on July 2nd.
Last week, the Italian Health Ministry announced that a 19-year-old woman had died during an abortion procedure at Cardarelli Hospital in Naples. The young mother - Gabriella Cipolletta - died after going into hypovolemic shock during the abortion after losing too much blood. The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that Ms. Cipolletta discovered she was pregnant when she went to the doctor to be treated for a skin infection.
Despite huge advance media publicity, only journalists and rent-a-crowd abortion campaigners turned up to meet the abortion pill bus in Galway and Limerick. Pro-life protesters, who carried signs saying ‘abortion pills kill’ outnumbered the handful of pro-abortion extremists whose much-flaunted posturing as law-breakers turned out to be little more than a damp squib. In Limerick there were almost three times as many pro-life activists, while activists in Cork told the bus to ‘go home’ as it was ‘not welcome in Cork’. Hear Valerie O’Connor on Red FM here: http://mm.gmstatic.net.s3.amazonaws.com/157/684707.mp3
The Life Institute has said that it is ‘deeply shocking’ to see that abortion activists who plan to make access to illegal abortion pills available on a bus touring the country appear to be playing ‘fast and loose’ with women’s lives. Today, Ruth Coppinger TD said that the abortion bus would ensure that women in Ireland could avail of the abortion pill by meeting the bus – but she admitted that no doctor would be present on the bus, and was dismissive of warnings from senior medical experts who warned that unsupervised use of the abortion pill could result in the death of the woman.
A Magistrates' Court in London has heard that a woman from Ireland who died hours after an abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic in London had collapsed on the floor hyperventilating after the procedure, but was then later discharged by the abortion clinic staff.
The RTÉ documentary 'Her body, Our babies' made for deeply uncomfortable viewing on several levels. The Indian 'surrogates' featured in the programme are women who live in poverty and who are paid a fraction of the substantial sums paid to clinics for their services to Western couples.
The final report into the death of Savita Halappanavar has found that there was a failure to provide basic elements of patient care, and that Savita's life could have been saved if missed opportunities had been acted upon. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report points to a total of 13 missed opportunities, that, had they been identified and acted upon, "could have resulted in a different outcome" for Ms Halappanavar. Blood test results were not followed up, and a series of signs that indicated Mrs Halappanavar's deterioration were not recognised or acted on.