Fake News: Media Falsely Claims Pro-Life Laws Killed This Young Woman

International   |   Dave Andrusko   |   Dec 28, 2018   |   11:30AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Strangely enough, when juxtiposed, the two items reminded me of the aphorism, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

Or maybe not so odd.

The headline for a story in today’s Irish Times reads

Photographs of 2018: ‘Irish Times’ photographers’ best shots
From Ann Lovett’s former boyfriend to the Eighth Amendment abortion referendum.

The photo, we read, was taken May 26 and is a shot taken the day the pro-life 8th Amendment to the Constitution was overwhelmingly repealed. “Campaigners, politicians, media and members of the public gathered from early afternoon at the count centre at Dublin Castle. Then thousands celebrated the result in the castle’s main yard in front of the world’s media.”

What made this photograph (taken later in the day) so telling is that many people

ended up stopping at a mural created by the street artist Aches days previously. It shows Savita Halappanavar, whose death from septic shock and multiple organ failure, in 2012, after she was refused a termination despite being in severe pain and growing increasingly ill, brought Ireland’s stance on abortion back into the spotlight.

This description is a lie from the first syllable to the final period. It reminded me of the quote attributed to the late film critic Roger Ebert who said, “Your intellect may be confused but your emotions will never lie to you.” In the case of the Irish pro-abortion movement, it cynically exploited emotion to overwhelm the intellect.

Without rehearing the entirety of the tragedy of Ms. Savita Halappanavar’s tragic death, the truth is (as Michael Cook wrote in 2014) she died because of medical incompetence. Cook quoted from a report released by Ireland’s Health Information and Quality Authority which “shows that Savita’s death had nothing to do with the abortion law.”

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The “findings of this investigation,” the report reads

reflect a failure in the provision of the most basic elements of patient care to Savita Halappanavar and also the failure to recognise and act upon signs of her clinical deterioration in a timely and appropriate manner. The Authority identified, through a review of Savita Halappanavar’s healthcare record, a number of missed opportunities which, had they been identified and acted upon, may have potentially changed the outcome of her care.”

As Cook observed, “As a result 9 members of the medical team involved in Savita’s treatment have been disciplined.”

Whereas there was blanket coverage of her death (saturated in inaccuracies), the corrective report vanished into a memory hole. It is almost impossible to exaggerate how pivotal a role politicizing her death played in the vote to repeal the 8th Amendment.

That’s the pro-abortionist’s meat. It is poison not only to pro-lifers and the cause of truth, but also to the as-yet unknown number of unborn babies who will be killed by “medication abortion,” the two-drug RU-486 chemical abortion technique.

The second item was news from Irish Central. Simon Harris, the Machiavellian Minister for Health, ensured that no amendment to minimize the impact of the new abortion law will be tolerated. Never mind that such things as paying for abortions are rejected by public opinion, or strong conscience protections which the public vigorously supports.

But what about pregnant teenagers and their parents? Based in part on a story in the Irish Times, Irish Central story tells us

that two separate but overlapping publications by the Health Service Executive have some Irish doctors expressing concerns about the guidelines for abortions being provided to younger girls.

‘Your Guide to Medical Abortion,’ covers terminations with abortion pills, and ‘Your Guide to Surgical Abortion,’ covers terminations performed using a suction method in a hospital.

As per the guidelines, girls under the age of 15 will be able to access abortion services without the consent of their parents only in “exceptional circumstances.” In such cases, a doctor will have to complete an assessment.

The news of these guidelines comes less than two weeks before abortion services are due to be available in Ireland legally for the first time ever.

One doctor said: “To receive this 10 days before the service is introduced is deeply disturbing. This has not been widely discussed by clinicians.”

“No doctor in his right mind would undertake a termination in these circumstances without getting a legal ruling. There has been no significant discussion of these issues.” …

The guidelines also indicate that girls aged 16-17 who are seeking an abortion but do not want to involve an adult will be able to get one without any restriction as to circumstances. Doctors can proceed “only if they are confident that you [the patient] understand the information and you can give valid consent.”

We can anticipate how that will work out in practice. Older teenagers will already be able to circumvent their parents, younger teenagers will soon follow them in keeping their parents in the dark.

More meat for the anti-life forces, more poison for pro-lifers.

One other consideration. Only a tiny percent of General Practitioners have signed up to provide abortions, which will available as of January 1. But not to worry, even if, in addition, “Only nine out of 19 maternity units say they are ready to offer terminations from January 1.”

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters while “the full service would not be available everywhere in Ireland as of January 1, it will be available and phased in and stepped up as the year goes through.”

The killing will be “phased in” until paid-for abortions up through 12 weeks (and far beyond in many other cases) will be available everywhere an abortion-minded woman seeks to end her unborn child’s life.

One woman’s meat is the unborn child’s poison.

LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.