Once-Catholic Ireland now provides free abortions
At midnight on New Year’s Day, the Republic of Ireland’s new abortion law was enacted, following a referendum which showed massive support for legalisation. Despite a huge campaign to save the 8th Amendment – which had previously protected Ireland’s pre-born babies – and courageous opposition from pro-life politicians, years of poor catechesis coupled with injections of cash from pro-abortion globalists meant that the majority of the Irish people were ready to embrace legal child-killing.
Irish doctors are outraged, since they are now obliged to refer for abortions, (and possibly to perform them!) and shockingly, will earn more for aborting babies than for caring for pregnant women throughout their pregnancies. In a letter to the Editor of the Irish Independent, Dublin GP, Dr Marcus de Brun, wrote:
The fee to be paid to a doctor for a medical termination conducted over three to four visits is €450, whist the fee paid for the management of a pregnancy over eight to 10 visits is circa €250.
This means that a GP is paid circa €110 per visit to terminate a pregnancy, whilst he/she is paid circa €25 per visit, to manage a pregnancy.
9 hospitals and 165 GPs – out of the Republic’s four thousand – are prepared to offer abortions, with the national health service providing training and ‘clinical guidance.’ Irish pro-lifers believe that there will be around 300 babies aborted this month.
Health Minister, Simon Harris, is talking up the benefits of abortion, while promising to fund IVF to the tune of €1m in 2019. It seems that ‘wantedness’ is the only criteria considered by the Irish government when deciding where to send the taxpayer’s money – that, and the lure of kickbacks from the abortion industry.
Unsurprisingly, there are some who object to the government funding healthy women to have their babies killed while failing to care for those post-birth people who are actually sick. So, in a nice bit of propaganda, the pro-abortion Irish Examiner pointed out an alleged reduction in numbers of Irish citizens waiting to access emergency medical care. It said there are now 34% fewer ‘people on trolleys in acute hospitals’. (Strangely, the article also mentioned that the number was in fact, UP on last year’s tally when patients waiting in wards were aded in. But who really cares? They have FREE ABORTION now.)
The Turncoat Taoiseach
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar played a remarkable role in legalising abortion in his nation. Elected on a pro-life platform, Varadkar, a doctor, had previously been an outspoken critic of abortion. Pro-lifers are quoted as saying that Varadkar has, “changed his mind on abortion seven or eight or ten times” and ask “what medical facts have changed since he made those comments [against abortion]?”
Below is a video of Leo Varadkar in his pro-life days, explaining his misgivings about abortion:
Dcotor says abortion can kill women as well as children
A doctor explains that abortion can kill women as well as preborn babies. #VoteNOtoAbortionOnDemand #Savethe8thPosted by Save Lives. Stop Abortion on Sunday, April 1, 2018
Perhaps the anomaly can be explained by this earlier video, which shows the young Varadkar describing his hopes for a future Ireland, in which he wants ‘everything changed.’ His desire for ‘federalism’ implied a commitment to the principles of the European Community rather than to Ireland’s sovereignty. This has been reflected in his policies as Taoiseach.
Varadkar has followed n the footsteps of his predecessor and is pushing rampant immigration. He recently stated that immigrants are ‘more likely to be working than Irish nationals.’ True, as long as you don’t take into account the Irish ‘students, homemakers, retired persons and those unable to work’ or the fact that non-Irish women are less likely to be in employment. Or the fact that ‘in employment’ includes those who unemployed or are looking for their first job. But, hey – Ireland has FREE ABORTIONS now.
A Voice in the Wilderness
Fortunately, at least one high-ranking Christian prelate has been prepared to make a stand for the culture of life.
Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, said that it was “very disheartening that proposed amendments seeking to provide women with information and to prohibit abortion on the grounds of sex, race or disability were given short shrift in the Dáil”.
He also stated that it is “outrageous to think that it would even be contemplated that doctors could be forced to perform or contribute to an abortion against their will. Forcing them not to choose life would be a most inglorious watermark for this country.”
But sadly, his comments are like a voice in the wilderness when compared with the rabid screeching of the abortion lobby, who are now full-steam ahead with their deadly plans to have Ireland’s most vulnerable citizens eliminated.
Editor, The Freedoms Project
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