Last month, Ireland overturned its Eighth Amendment protections for unborn children — paving the way for legalized abortion. But the good news there is that a new poll shows 69% of doctors in Ireland refuse to kill unborn babies in abortions.
That so many physicians refuse to be involved in abortions could make it more difficult for pro-abortion politicians to implement their new abortion policy that will legalize abortions up to 14 weeks and later in some cases.
But according to the survey published by GPBuddy.ie, 69 per cent of GPs do not plan to provide medical abortions. A further 20 per cent said they are unsure and only eleven per cent said they would.
The survey also found that the majority of GPs conscientiously object to abortion.
Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has already stated that GPs will be able to object to carrying out abortions, but will be required to refer patients elsewhere.
Sixty per cent of respondents said they did not believe abortions can be “safely provided” by GPs. Over three quarters added that they disagree with abortion on demand up to 12 weeks being “GP-led.”
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The Pro Life Campaign described the results of the poll as “very revealing and significant”, and hit out at the Government’s plans.
Dr Ruth Cullen, for the Pro Life Campaign, said: “It is unconscionable for Minister Harris and the Government to compel doctors who don’t wish to dispense abortion pills to refer women to colleagues who will carry out the procedure.”
She added: “We are witnessing something truly appalling at present – a government that seems prepared to trample on freedom of conscience in order to keep the pretence going that their abortion proposals are somehow medically indicated and based.”
The long-time pro-life nation has abandoned its legal protections for unborn children and will eventually approve legislation that will legalize abortions on babies as old as 6 months.
Irish leaders claimed legalizing abortion was about “choice,” but now they are insisting that Catholic hospitals be forced to do them. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said this week that Catholic hospitals will not be allowed to opt out of aborting unborn babies.