Ireland: Did Hospital Violate Law to Certify Abortion of an Unborn Baby?

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 15, 2015   |   12:26PM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Leading pro-life campaigners in Ireland are wondering if staff at a hospital wrongly violated the law to allow for an abortion of an unborn baby of a mother who may not have qualified for an abortion allowed when a mother is reportedly suicidal.

The case of an abortion carried out in a Leinster hospital which has reportedly raised staff concerns about the certification process by the health professionals involved is not surprising, the Pro Life Campaign has said.  The case was reported in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post.

Commenting on the case which involved an abortion carried out under the terms of the 2013 legislation, Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign said:

“The 2013 law permits abortion up until birth on a threat of suicide without any medical evidence to back it up.  The law simply requires two psychiatrists to sign off to pave the way for an unborn child’s life to be ended.”

“When the abortion law was being debated the Pro Life Campaign and others predicted that it was dangerously open to abuse and the case reported today appears to substantiate those concerns.”

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Responding to the fact that the HSE does not intend to investigate if there has been any breach of procedure in this particular case Sherlock said:

“While we cannot comment on individual cases, it goes without saying that every situation where an unborn child’s life is taken, whether or not within the confines of the unjust abortion law of 2013, should be thoroughly investigated.”

“The idea of the HSE deciding not to investigate when legitimate concerns have been raised by its own staff about the certification procedure is disturbing and simply not acceptable. An independent investigation into this tragedy must take place without delay,” Cora Sherlock concluded.