Irish leaders claimed legalizing abortion was about “choice,” but now they are insisting that Catholic hospitals be forced to do them.
The Irish Examiner reports Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said this week that Catholic hospitals will not be allowed to opt out of aborting unborn babies.
On May 25, Ireland voted to repeal its Eighth Amendment, which gave unborn babies a right to life. Now, the legislature is debating when and how to legalize the killing of unborn babies.
Varadkar said doctors and nurses will be allowed to opt out of providing abortions. However, he said they will be required to refer women for abortions, even if it goes against their conscience.
“It will not, however, be possible for publicly funded hospitals, no matter who their patron or owner is, to opt of providing these necessary services which will be legal in this state once this legislation is passed by the Dail and Seanad,” Varadkar said. “I’m happy to give you that assurance.
“So just as is the case now in the legislation for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, hospitals like for example Holles Street, which is a Catholic voluntary ethos hospital, the Mater, St Vincent’s and others will be required and will be expected to carry out any procedure that is legal in this state and that is the model we will follow,” he continued.
The Irish National Association of GPs recently voted to advocate against some of the these radical proposals. The medical group said doctors should not be obligated to refer a woman for an abortion if it violates their conscience. It also asked Varadkar to confirm that he does not intend to “make a termination of pregnancy service part of routine general practice.”
The Irish Pharmacy Union also has asked for conscience protections for pharmacists who object to dispensing abortion drugs.
The Irish public quickly is discovering how radical abortion activists’ proposals really are, something that often was hidden prior to the referendum vote.
Government leaders’ proposal would legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances. It would force taxpayers to pay for abortions and allow eugenic abortions that discriminate against unborn babies with disabilities.
Irish Minister for Health Simon Harris repeatedly has claimed the proposal does not allow abortions on the grounds of a disability. But last week, Harris said he would oppose an amendment to prohibit abortions for that very reason, She Magazine reports.
Pro-life lawmakers are considering a number of amendments that would give unborn babies at least some protections in Ireland.
Despite the devastating setback in May, pro-life advocates have vowed to keep fighting to protect unborn babies, mothers and conscience rights for medical professionals across Ireland.