How Much is an Unborn Baby’s Life Worth? Ireland Weighs Prices for Abortions After They’re Legal

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 29, 2018   |   3:52PM   |   Dublin, Ireland

An unborn baby’s life soon could be destroyed for a mere $350 in Ireland now that the Eighth Amendment has been repealed.

News outlets already are speculating about the cost of an abortion after the vote Friday to repeal the pro-life amendment and strip away all rights for unborn babies. Buzz Ireland and Irish Central estimated the cost of an abortion will be about €300 ($350), though many could be paid for through the taxpayer-funded health system.

While the killing of unborn babies is not allowed yet under the law, lawmakers already are talking about extending the summer session to push through abortion legislation. A proposal by government leaders would legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks and for a number of reasons up to six months.

Abortion drugs, which are being promoted as the primary method for aborting unborn babies in Ireland, will cost about $350, including two visits to the doctor’s office.

Here’s more from Irish Central:

It is expected that said pills will come under the drugs payment scheme, which sets a limit of €134 ($155) for any approved prescribed drugs or medicines. It is also reported that medical card holders will “likely” be able to access the pill for free [under the taxpayer-funded health system].

… According to the Government’s draft of a Bill published prior to Friday’s referendum, women wishing to seek an abortion may request one through their GP, Well Woman clinics, or services ran by The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA). After expressing that they wish to have an abortion, they must wait 72 hours.

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Dr. Mary Favier told the Irish Independent that it is likely that consultations for abortions will be “extensive, complex and lengthy”. While doctors fees could potentially vary, she estimates that it would be in the region of €100 for the first consultation and €80 for a second appointment.

While the words “abortion” and “termination” are used in reports, what these costs really represent are unborn babies who will be killed in abortions. For about $350, living unborn babies with beating hearts and their own unique DNA may be killed in the near future in Ireland.

By 12 weeks, unborn babies have tiny faces, fingers, toes and functioning organs. They have brain waves and heartbeats, and their reproductive organs already are developing. At this early stage of pregnancy, they already can yawn and suck their thumbs.

But if lawmakers pass what Irish leaders are proposing, these unborn babies could be aborted for any reason – and at the taxpayers’ expense. The proposal they are pushing is very extreme. It would legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide range of circumstances.

The fear is Ireland’s abortion law will mirror Britain’s, where one in every five pregnancies there ends in abortion each year.