Only a tiny fraction of Irish GPs sign up to perform abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Health Minister Simon Harris
(Picture: Hugh Russell).

Given the uneasiness in the medical community about the introduction of abortion on demand through at least the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and outright opposition by other physicians to abortion at all, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that over the weekend the pro-abortion Irish Times would report that not a single General Practitioner in four counties had “sign[ed] up to the new service.”

The optimistic note, for reporter Paul Cullen, was the number of GPs who would abort had risen to “200, from 187 on Wednesday.”

However in the very next sentence, Culled conceded, “Only 112 of these are opting to take referrals from the HSE’s MyOptions helpline, which is the main referral pathway for women seeking a termination. The rest will deal only with cases from their existing patient lists.”

Best estimates are that there are 3,500 active GPs in the Republic of Ireland.

Earlier today, the Irish Times reported that

A group of “concerned citizens” stood in protest outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth on Monday morning after it was claimed on social media that the first abortion at the hospital was scheduled to take place.

The hospital has a busy maternity unit that serves a large portion of the north east of the country.

Charles Byrne told reporters Elaine Keogh and Martin Wall, “It is a quiet protest. We are not going to leaflet people, we had the leaflets in the referendum; this is merely to show support for that child that is losing their life today.”

As we reported previously, the legislation enacted following the elimination of the pro-life 8th amendment to the Constitution goes far beyond what opinion polls say the public wants.

For example the government will pay for abortions. Conscience protections are dicey; medical personnel will be required to refer for abortions they will not perform. Every commonsensical limitation, such as banning the abortions of pain-capable unborn babies and babies diagnosed with genetic anomaly was voted down in Parliament.

Even a requirement that all steps be taken to help aborted babies born alive was turned down.