600 GPs call for Emergency General Meeting of Irish College of General Practitioners to deal with abortion issues, including opt-in system and freedom of conscience protections.
Pro Life Campaign laments “one of the saddest days” in Irish history as substantial majority of TDs back bill, which now goes to Committee stage to consider amendments such as Freedom of Conscience.
“This legislation requires a healthcare professional to cooperate in what he or she sincerely believes is doing harm to one patient and taking the life of another.”
Commenting at the Dáil as the Government’s abortion bill was being introduced, Eilís Mulroy of the Pro Life Campaign said: “The Government has painted a very benign and sanitised picture of what’s contained in its abortion bill. The reality however is chillingly different. “The bill being introduced to the Oireachtas today is by far and
“In accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution, President Higgins today signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, and it has accordingly become law.”
The PLC has prepared a ready-to-go e-card calling on politicians to ensure that freedom of conscience rights for all healthcare workers are properly protected in the new legislation.
The new General Scheme narrows the scope of conscientious objection, gives a more limited definition of viability post birth, and extends the demarcation of ‘fatal foetal abnormality’ for several weeks past birth.
Repeal of the equal protection currently recognised as being owed to the unborn child would open the door to a systematic injustice, whereby the law denies the most basic and essential protections to those fully deserving of such concern.
“Defending the right to life of the unborn is the most important social justice issue of our time. It will shape the kind of Ireland we live in for years to come.” Finola Bruton is chair of the Parish Pastoral Council of Dunboyne & Kilbride.
“If the Eighth Amendment is repealed, it will have on impact on both the general public and those of us working in the health sector,” says one nurse, as Ciara Ferry continues her reports on the referendum debate over the past week.
“In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy no medical reason for abortion whatsoever need be offered. Perfectly healthy women will be aborting perfectly healthy babies. How is this ‘healthcare’?" - Maria Steen.
“The point we have been making that there’s no such thing as limited abortion is starting to resonate with voters. This is not surprising as the evidence from other countries on this point is so strong.”
“In the coming weeks, it will become clear that the government’s proposal would lead to abortion on demand if voted for in the referendum” – Dr Ruth Cullen.
If my viewpoint turns people against me and costs me my seat and the right to be here in this Chamber, I would gladly lose it, says Independent deputy speaking out for unborn.
"Some members of the government are determined to keep the time frame tight to deny the public the opportunity to scrutinise referendum proposal" - Pro Life Campaign.
When you legalise something you make it normal. And when you make something normal, you get more of it. That’s why abortion rate in other countries is so high: PLC
Thankfully, the committee won't have the final say on the Eight Amendment. The electorate will have that responsibility and I am confident they will vote to keep it.