Up to 500 family doctors would be in danger of of leaving the health service if Simon Harris tries to force them to refer for abortion and deny them a full right to conscientious objection.
At a time when the HSE is in crisis, and when GPs have warned of an impending serious shortage of family doctors, it would be both reckless and dangerous of the government to refuse doctors a right to a conscientious objection in the matter of killing preborn babies.
IMPORTANT letter from Prof Martin Clynes in the Irish Times which points out that the rigged Abortion Committee did not hear from any experts regarding the biology and science that inform what we know about the preborn child. Read here or BELOW: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/abortion-law-change-proposals-1.3331598
The Citizens Assembly also hosted a robust debate between Dr Helen Watt, who advocated for the right to life of unborn children and mothers, and Professor Bobbie Farsides who is pro-abortion and a member of BPAS, the abortion provider.
Parents whose children have been diagnosed with life-limiting conditions such as anencephaly or trisomy 13 have said that they were shocked and dismayed at the decision of Justice Mary Laffoy to use the misleading term ‘fatal, foetal abnormality’ when discussing such conditions at the Citizens Assembly. They have written to Ms Laffoy asking her to reconsider her decision to use the term, which they said, did not provide clarity to the debate but did cause enormous distress and hurt to parents whose babies had died.
Mary Butler of Fianna Fáil has said that her 15-year old cousin living with a severe disability had helped confirmed her pro-life view that unborn children should be protected in the Constitution. As part of a panel discussion on Tonight with Vincent Browne, the TD she wanted to ask “what determines a fatal foetal abnormality” and explained that her 15-year old cousin had CDLS Syndrome.
This past week, the Belfast Telegraph carried an inspiring article by Tracy Harkin of Every Life Counts, featuring her 10 year-old daughter Kathleen Rose who was born with Trisomy 13- a condition the media often wrongly refer to as a “fatal foetal abnormality.” Kathleen Rose and her family were featured on the cover of the newspaper and light up the page with her beautiful smile.
A fascinating and encouraging article appeared this past week in the Irish Medical Times. Medical commentator and physician Ruairí Hanley discussed how an encounter with Tracy Harkin of the support group Every Life Counts led him to think deeply about how the medical community has treated families whose babies prenatally diagnosed with severe life limiting conditions such as Trisomy 13 or anencephaly.
Professor Jim Dornan, one of the most well-known Obstetricians in the country has told the BBC that the term ‘fatal foetal abnormality’ is not a medical term and is not to be found in any medical textbook. WATCH his powerful contribution here:
The Life Institute has said Mick Wallace’s abortion bill sought to establish a new era of discrimination where babies with severe disabilities could be legally considered as less than human, and not entitled to the full protection of the law. Spokeswoman Niamh Uí Bhriain said that the bill proposed a lethal discrimination against the most vulnerable children of all yet was being presented in the media in the guise of compassion. She said that it was shameful to see powerful figures lining up to use disability to push an abortion agenda.
Barbara Farlow, a medical researcher and mother to Annie who was born with Trisomy 13, spoke at the Perinatal Care Conference and gave a truly powerful presentation.
At the conference, Barbara spoke very movingly about her experience following her daughter’s prenatal diagnosis with Trisomy 13 and how she and her family dealt with the birth, life, and death of their much beloved daughter. She also discussed how the medical care received by Annie - who died only 80 days after birth - was deemed by the Paediatric Death Review Committee to be “inappropriate”.
Several important media interviews this past week have focused on the right to life of babies diagnosed with life-limiting conditions in the womb, and the urgent need for better perinatal hospice care.