More than 100 doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals, including consultants, obstetricians and senior medical staff in maternity services, have signed an open letter "strongly urging" the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, to retain the 3-day period of reflection before undergoing an abortion.
A new billboard campaign from Life Institute is urging that the 3-day waiting period before undergoing an abortion be retained, and the group says data suggests that scrapping the period for reflection may bring another sharp rise in the abortion rate.
“Where will Anne Rabbitte, as Minister for Disabilties, draw the line on disability abortion? How far is Ireland now from the situation in other countries where 90% or more of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted?
Minister Stephen Donnelly been accused of proposing to “jail people for silent prayer” by introducing a law targeting pro-life activists that would “be like dragging Ireland back to the time of the penal laws”
Gript can reveal that the claim made by Minister Stephen Donnelly - and repeated on Drivetime - that 14% or 1 in 7 women had experienced “protest” and “intimidation” while seeking abortion is not confirmed by any rigorous research, but is based on an online survey by the Abortion Rights Campaign.
The Archbishop of Armagh has written to the Northern Ireland Equality Commission over the refusal of The Belfast Telegraph newspaper to publish, as a paid advertisement, the recent statement from the Catholic Bishops in the run-up to the Northern Ireland Assembly election on 2 May 2022.
"The HSE-funded research on abortion in Ireland was produced by two repeal campaigners. They ignored all inconvenient truths such as the shocking rise in abortions, data on disability abortions, and the lives saved by the 3 day-wait."
The Life Institute has said that it believes a great deal of malice and a desire to punish pro-life activists is the primary motivation behind moves to criminalise peaceful and prayerful vigils at abortion centres.
The Life Institute has described the confirmation that some 6,700 abortions took place in 2021 as a "devastating indictment of a bad law that continued to produce horrific outcomes for both mother and baby".