Doctors, nurses and pharmacists are standing up to Simon Harris’ attempts to force them to facilitate abortions, and their courage has gained them support even from medical colleagues who voted to repeal the 8th.
Nurses invited to the All-Ireland Annual Midwifery Conference have said they will now refuse to attend the event because "it is giving a platform to leading abortion-on-demand advocate, Labour Senator Ivana Bacik".
The Life Institute has accused the Minister for Health of ignoring best medical practice in commencing an act permitting abortion, and has reminded him that experts say that the legislation will be a 'logistical nightmare' for psychiatrists. Minister James Reilly has signed an order allowing the Protection of Life During pregnancy Act to commence from January 1st.
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.