The case that has now become known as ‘Miss Y’ involved a migrant woman living in Ireland who allegedly sought an abortion on the grounds of being suicidal – the basis on which abortion was introduced by the Irish Government in 2013.
The mother in this case was reported to have been raped in her own country and after having arrived in Ireland discovered she was pregnant.
Ultimately the baby she was carrying was delivered by Caesarean section at 23 weeks under the terms of the new law. The response of abortion advocates, and some sections of politics and the media was outrage. Not outrage at the fact that the women in question was not given the support she needed from social and community services in Ireland, not outrage that a baby was born deliberately early under the terms of the barbaric new abortion regime but outrage that an abortion hadn’t happened earlier and outrage that the baby, a little boy who is now about four months old, was alive.
An inquiry into the chronology of events surrounding this case was announced by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and today’s newspapers report that Miss Y wants to halt that inquiry on the grounds that she was not in a position to participate in it and that sections of a draft report on the case were leaked to the media.
There’s no doubt that Miss Y was let down. In a less than subtle way, some elements of the media sought to use her personal difficult circumstances to push for more abortion. Instead of asking about what kind of supports Miss Y needed from the community, the circumstances of this case were leaked gradually via national newspapers in a way that was clearly designed to generate as much publicity for a pro-abortion world view as possible.
Miss Y was not interviewed by the HSE while they were considering her case according to reports today yet some journalists had access to her for the purposes of putting a slant on the case more than once over the course of the last few months.
It’s an appalling indictment of our system and our treatment of pregnant women if Miss Y was used and her immediate welfare and wellbeing disregarded in the name of promoting an ideological agenda. Her dismay at the HSE report today suggests that she may well feel that to be the case.
Dominant media outlets have shown little or no regard for the baby at the centre of this tragic case and the only concern shown for his mother has been where that helped promote an agenda that cares little for unborn children. A genuinely supportive society cares for both mother and baby.
Note: The Pro Life Campaign has set up a financial fund for the baby born as a result of this case and similar cases under the new abortion law. More information on The Little One Fund here