Nurses have said that today they “will not be bullied” into performing abortions after Minister Stephen Donnelly said that it is “totally and utterly unacceptable” that only 11 of the country’s 19 maternity hospitals are carrying out the procedure.
Medics must speak with one voice on the need to uphold and strengthen freedom of conscience, and to ensure that no-one is compelled to perform an abortion, a conference organised by Doctors For Life has heard.
Parents of children with Down syndrome have said that the Rotunda needs to examine the message it is giving parents after the master of the maternity hospital, Dr Fergal Malone, said that 95% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the hospital were aborted.
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.
“It is jarring to see the inclusion of a photo of a set of baby mannequins, paid for by an Ambulance Trust in the UK, designed to help staff when confronted with the horrendous situation of tiny babies being born alive after a failed abortion
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.
"Retirement, obsolescence can do funny things to the mind. It is time for us, as a caring people, to ask Dr Boylan if he is ok. And ask the Sisters of Charity to opt out of this charade and leave Dr Boylan and the State to found their own hospital."
Responding to results of a damning survey from Down Syndrome Ireland, Aontú Leader & Meath West TD, Peadar Tóibín, and Aontú Rep for Louth, Michael O’Dowd, have criticised the abandonment of people with Down Syndrome by the HSE and the immediate need for action.
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) has called for a legislation that would prevent people with Down's Syndrome from being discriminated against when needing life saving medical procedures, after a 4 month old baby passed away as a result of being denied a heart transplant.