Ireland Doctor Wants Some Abortions Allowed After Teen’s Travel Lawsuit

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 10, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ireland Doctor Wants Some Abortions Allowed After Teen’s Travel Lawsuit

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 10
, 2007

Dublin, Ireland ( — Following a lawsuit by an Irish teenager who wanted permission to travel from the pro-life nation to England for an abortion of her disabled baby, a leading doctor is calling on the European nation to allow abortions in some cases. The teen in question eventually won her case to get an abortion in Britain.

Declan Keane, the head of the National Maternity Hospital, says Ireland should allow abortions in very rare cases when the unborn child is not expected to survive long after her birth.

He said times when unborn children have such severe disabilities that they will not survive — such as Miss D’s baby, who had anencephaly — should be occasions where abortion is allowed as an exception to Ireland’s law prohibiting abortions.

Keane also claimed it would be better for the woman having an abortion in Ireland so she could get post-abortion follow-up care and counseling.

But Dr. Berry Kiely of the Pro-Life Campaign in Ireland told that people there "cannot ignore the fact that abortion involves the taking of an innocent human life."

"This tragic case also reminds us of the urgent obligation on society to ensure that every possible support is put in place so that no woman feels abortion is the only option open to her," Kiely said.

Instead of promoting abortion, Kiely said doctors in Ireland have "a duty" to make people "aware of the long-term negative effects of abortion on some women, including abortions carried out due to a fetal abnormality."

"The charge of hypocrisy that is sometimes made against Ireland for not providing abortion ignores the reality of abortion laws in places like Britain where abortion is legal up to birth if the unborn child has a disability. There is nothing to recommend such a regime," Kiely concluded.