In last week’s meeting of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment, Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien seemed quite misinformed on certain statistics regarding abortion. A witness, Ms Liz McDermott had stated that one in 20 Irish babies is aborted, and that Ireland’s abortion rate was far lower than in other countries with more liberal abortion regulations including Britain where one in five babies is aborted.
Bríd Smith TD has been criticised for tweeting “appalling” remarks about a mother who had given an moving testimony telling the Abortion Committee about her son who was diagnosed with a severe disability. In what has been an incredibly unbalanced “debate” so far, the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment heard testimony from Liz McDermott, who shared a personal and often heart-breaking story about the lack of care she has received when she discovered her preborn son’s limbs would not develop. After the Committee hearing, Bríd Smith TD, sent this appalling tweet.
Peter Fitzpatrick TD has described abortionists BPAS as a ‘horrifying charity” after their spokeswoman defended aborting babies because they were girls, and went on to defend late-term abortions. She also told Senator Rónán Mullen that she “didn’t keep track” of the number of abortions she had carried out but said it was “hundreds, maybe thousands”.
A leading medical expert has declined to appear before the Oireachtas Committee looking at abortion because he says the proceeding are so biased they amount to a 'kangaroo court'. Dr Martin McCaffey, a Professor of Pediatrics in the University of North Carolina and a leading advocate and expert for families where baby had a life-limiting condition said that he had been invited to speak at the Committee on October 26th but was then astonished to learn that the Committee had already voted in favour of abortion. "On October 26th, I received an invitation to give evidence at the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment," he wrote in an open letter on the matter this week.