A leading Irish OB-GYN warned voters that abortion activists are lying about women’s safety to push their campaign of abortion on demand.
Dr. Eamon McGuinness, a former chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Ireland, wrote a column for the Irish Times refuting abortion activists’ fear mongering and misinformation.
Since 1983, when Ireland passed its Eighth Amendment to protect unborn babies’ right to life, McGuinness said the country has become one of the safest places in the world for pregnant mothers.
“It should be a matter of some national pride that Ireland … has been one of the safest places on earth to be a pregnant woman, and one of the safest places in the world to be an unborn child,” McGuinness said.
To suggest that the pro-life amendment puts “women’s lives at risk” is just plain wrong, he said.
As Breitbart reports on his remarks:
If these words truly put women’s lives at risks, “I myself would be leading the charge to have them expunged from the Constitution,” McGuinness states. “A constitutional restriction on my ability, or the ability of any of my colleagues, to save the life of a pregnant woman would indeed be intolerable.”
“Let me therefore be clear: no such restriction exists,” he adds.
The amendment does not keep doctors from acting to save the life of a woman where a serious complication arises, despite statements to the contrary from the abortion lobby.
“The Eighth Amendment has one medical effect only: it prevents Irish doctors from deliberately, as an elective matter, causing the death of an unborn child,” McGuinness notes. “It awards to the child in the womb the right to have their life protected in Irish hospitals, in Irish GP surgeries, and in Irish operating theatres.”
Medical Council guidelines in Ireland, however, oblige doctors to act on behalf of a mother’s life, even if that jeopardizes the baby’s life. Therefore, if a doctor believes that a pregnancy poses a real threat to a woman’s life, even if that threat is not immediate, he or she may perform a termination, usually by delivering the baby, he notes.
McGuinness said there should be a fair and respectful debate about abortion, but the Irish people have not seen one. Instead, abortion activists have published loads of “untruths about Irish medicine and the role of the amendment we are debating,” he said.
“The amendment does not inhibit our ability to treat a woman. It does one thing only – it bans us from intentionally killing one of our patients. I shall vote to retain it,” the doctor continued.
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Ireland is scheduled to vote May 25 on whether to retain its Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, are pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand.
Pro-life advocates are up against a biased media and huge, illegal donations from American businessmen who are intent on pushing Ireland to adopt abortion on demand. If the amendment is repealed, lawmakers will consider a bill to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and after 12 weeks in a broad range of circumstances.
While polls show modest support for repealing the Eighth Amendment, they also consistently show that most people do not want abortion on demand. A poll released in March showed the pro-abortion side losing ground.