By Dave Andrusko
Wasting no time, a mere one day after the formality of Republic of Ireland President Michael D Higgins signing the “Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018,” the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) announced it has completed all its preparations and will be ready to end the lives of unborn babies beginning January 7.
Breaking News Ireland described the new status quo is a deeply misleading manner:
The new laws will allow for unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, subject to a cooling-off period and a requirement for medical consultation.
After 12 weeks, abortions will be permitted in exceptional circumstances.
The entire abortion industry, aided and abetted by pro-abortion members of Parliament, has announced that among the first “restrictions” that must go (and go quickly) is the three-day waiting period.
Moreover, between 12 and 24 weeks, there is the usual carte blanche exception: “if the woman’s life or health are at serious risk.” The language is also vague about abortions after 24 weeks but woe to any unborn baby whom abortionists determine has a “fatal” anomaly.
In addition to announcing that of course the government will pay for abortions, Minister for Health Simon Harris and his supporters in Parliament rejected every pro-life amendment, no matter how commonsensical and how much they were in tune with what polls say the Irish public actually supports. For instance
- Abortions will be allowed on pain-capable babies.
- Abortions will be allowed on babies diagnosed with “defects,” which do not have to be “fatal” (however that is determined in advance).
- And, naturally, if a baby survives a late abortion, she will not be given the same care that a baby of the same age who hadn’t been aborted would receive.
- Health care professionals may (for now, at least) opt out of direct involvement in abortions but will be required to refer to someone who will abort. That conscience-violating provision will apply to Catholic hospitals.
- And, naturally, pro-abortionists in the Republic of Ireland are figuring out ways to offer free abortions to women from Northern Ireland. That, in addition, to helping pro-abortionists in Northern Ireland dismantle its protective abortion laws.
The resemblance to what happened in the United States is instructive. Public opinion has never endorsed essentially unregulated abortion but that is what Roe v. Wade gave us.
A poll in October showed the huge discrepancy between Irish public opinion and provisions of the new abortion law.
The Amárach poll found that 60% of Irish residents oppose taxpayer-funded abortions, 80% say health care workers should not be forced to carry out abortions against their conscience, and 69% of those surveyed believe doctors should be obliged to give babies that survive the abortion procedure proper medical care rather than leaving the babies to die alone.
Even the United States Supreme Court, in its most pro-abortion days, never obliged taxpayers to pay for abortions.
Dr. Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign issued a statement after President Higgins signed the bill into law yesterday. It is very sobering and 100% accurate:
Amidst all the eulogising about the new abortion law, lies the grim reality of what it will sanction.
The definition of abortion in the new legislation is a procedure “intended to end the life” of an unborn baby. It is deeply dishonest for anyone to dress this up as healthcare when it’s plain for all to see that it’s about facilitating the ending of human life and nothing more.
It is a law built on a lie that will not make Ireland a kinder, gentler, more compassionate place as some suggest. Quite the opposite. It represents the abandonment of authentic human rights for a slogan called ‘choice’ that is nothing more than a code word for the taking of innocent human life.
We have to face the sad reality that Ireland now has one of the most extreme abortion laws anywhere in the world and a government that can’t bring themselves to show even a hint of mercy towards unborn babies or concern for the many women who deeply regret their abortions.
When the hard truth of the new law begins to break through the rhetoric, the public will start to rethink what has happened.
Amid all the sadness for what has happened to our country, the pro-life movement will stand united and look to a brighter day when everyone is once again welcomed in life and protected in law