Meeting of Irish GPs thrown into chaos as at least 50 members walk out in protest because they are being ignored in the formation of abortion legislation

By Dave Andrusko

Simon Harris, the minister for health

Frustration over the militancy of pro-abortionists following the repeal of the pro-life 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution boiled over yesterday in an extraordinary general meeting of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) held at members’ request.

The Irish Examiner reports that the meeting “was thrown into disarray yesterday when dozens of doctors walked out in protest that their views were not being taken onboard ahead of the January 1 deadline for the introduction of abortion.”

Why the walkout of at least 50, if not many more, physicians? Reporter Catherine Shanahan quoted pro-life GP Dr. Andrew O’Regan, who

said about one third of the group of more than 300 walked out when the board of the ICGP “refused to accept members’ motions from the floor”.

He said the dissenters were “not just the Pro Life troublemakers” and conscientious objectors, but also included Pro Choice doctors.

They had been “absolutely disrespected” by the board, he said. Another member of the group, Dr Kirsten Fuller, claimed “several hundred GPs have totally lost confidence in the ICGP board.”

Dr. Fuller went on to warn that “a serious crisis now exists that the Government cannot ignore regarding the roll-out of GP-led abortion services.”

How widespread the opposition is within the (ICGP) varies, depending on which newspaper you read. The Irish Mirror, for examples, writes that “most” of the doctors “were against the law change.”

However, opposition is not limited to Parliament, Shanahan explained.

In recent days, a number of health groupings, including Pharmacists for Human Rights, Nurses & Midwives4Life Ireland, and several hundred GPs, have expressed their opposition to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018. GPs have the choice of “opting in” but Pharmacists for Human Rights want an opt-in system for all aspects of an abortion service.

The government is concerned that not enough General Practitioners will sign up before the abortion machinery is scheduled to roll out January 1. There are such ethical concerns as “assurances that GPs would have the choice of ‘opting-in,’” Shanahan reported. Then there is the concern by GPs that there ought to be separate clinics where abortions are performed—that a General Practitioner’s office “was not the right setting.”

All this, as expected, had no impact on pro-abortion Simon Harris. It was like water off a duck’s back.

The Irish Examiner reported today that even though the legislation has not passed the Parliament [the Oireachtas], “Training for staff who will be performing abortions is to begin on December 10.”

Political Editor Daniel McConnell wrote

Mr. Harris said he hopes the legislation will pass the Dáil [the lower house of Parliament this week and move to the Seanad [the upper house of Parliament] before the Oireachtas rises for Christmas.

“My plan is to get it through the Dáil this week, then to go to the Seanad, and it is possible to get it passed by the time of the recess. I am one person in a minority government. I need the cooperation of the opposition,” he said.

As NRL News Today has previously reported, Harris has already rejected an amendment to ban abortions because the baby had a disability and has insisted that the state fund abortions. Moreover, Family & Life reported that Harris

“is trying to find a way to offer free abortions to women from Northern Ireland. Sources close to Simon Harris said the health minister was ‘frustrated” by legal barriers that would block the state from covering the cost of an abortion for women from Northern Ireland.’”