Last year, the Irish Parliament approved legislation that allows some women who are suicidal to receive abortions. Under the new act, an abortion can be approved if two psychiatrists assess the case and agree that the woman is at risk for taking her own life.
Unfortunately, this deeply flawed legislation has already put a baby’s life at risk. As LifeNews previously reported, a pregnant woman requested an abortion under the new act but an obstetrician on a three-person panel argued that, given how far on the pregnancy was, the baby should be delivered.
The doctors then delivered the baby via cesarean section at 25-weeks. Now, the child is fighting for his life in an incubator in an Ireland Intensive Care Unit. The child is being feed through a feeding tube and breathing with the help of a tube in his lungs.
Although the baby was spared abortion, the early delivery was absolutely unnecessary and the child may suffer long term complications. Pro-Life Campaign spokesperson, Dr Ruth Cullen commented on the case earlier this year and said: “Reports that an unborn baby was recently delivered at 25 week, citing provisions in the new abortion Act, underlines the horror and deep seated flaws of the Government’s legislation. To induce a pregnancy at such an early stage inevitably puts the baby at risk of serious harm, such as brain damage, blindness or even death.”
She concluded, “To put a defenseless baby through all this, and to pretend the intervention is medically indicated when it is known that there is no evidence to back it up, is a chilling aberration of law and medicine. The fact that the panel could just as easily have sanctioned an abortion in this case also brings home everything that is wrong about the new law.”
In response, a woman named Maria read an open letter to the Irish Parliament from the baby, who they call Baby Hope. In the letter, the child explains the potential problems he will have in the future; these include, behavior or physical problems, visual and hearing loss, and life-long breathing problems.
The letter also explains the proper treatment that should have been provided to his suicidal mother and asks politicians to repeal the Abortion Act. Abortion doesn’t help a suicidal woman; instead, studies show that women who have abortions are six times more likely to commit suicide than those who carry their baby to term. Pregnant women suffering from mental health problems and who are suicidal should be treated by counselors, psychotherapy and medication.
Watch the video below to listen to Baby Hope’s letter.