More details came out this week about an Irish couple who aborted their healthy unborn baby after being told the baby tested positive for a potentially fatal fetal anomaly.
The Independent reports medical professionals who approved the abortion allegedly never examined or even met the mother before she aborted her baby.
The couple recently filed a complaint against the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin, saying they very much wanted their baby. Reports suggest the unnamed couple would not have had the abortion if they had known their child would be born healthy.
The mother went through with the abortion in March after two tests indicated their unborn baby may have Trisomy 18, a severe but not always fatal chromosomal abnormality. The prenatal tests are supposed to be 99-percent accurate, but a third more conclusive test after the abortion revealed that the baby did not have the disorder.
This week, Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín raised concerns about the case in the Dáil, the Irish parliament, according to the report. He said he recently spoke with the couple’s lawyer.
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“The family was falsely told that the child had a fatal foetal abnormality. The couple claim that their child would be with them today if it were not for the actions of the hospital,” Tóibín said.
He said the family believes the abortion was “illegal” because the medical workers who approved the abortion never examined or even met the mother before the abortion took place; she was 15 weeks pregnant at the time.
“If that is the case, it is contrary to the law brought in by the Government and it is illegal,” he said.
Ireland allows abortions up to 12 weeks for any reason and later in pregnancy for fetal anomalies and other limited circumstances.
He also mentioned allegations that the medical workers may have had a commercial interest in the companies that produce the prenatal tests.
Here’s more from the report:
The family has called for an independent investigation to be set up but to date the Government has only committed to an internal review. …
Later, Holles Street hospital issued a statement disputing some of Mr Toibin’s claims in the Dáil.
“The National Maternity Hospital, despite what was alleged by Peadar Toibin in the Dail today, is actively engaged in commissioning an external review of this sensitive case.”
The Irish Times reported the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK had been asked to conduct an independent review of the incident.
However, the British organization, which supports abortions, said it cannot conduct the review, according to the most recent report.
After news broke about the case, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the matter is an “individual tragedy,” and expressed sympathy for the couple losing a “very wanted child.”
This week, however, Varadkar, who supports abortions, said he did not want to comment on the case.
The whole situation is a tragedy, but just as tragic is that if the unborn baby had had Trisomy 18, there would be no story, no sympathy. In today’s culture, it is considered acceptable – compassionate, even — to violently destroy the life of an unborn baby with disabilities in an abortion, even late into the pregnancy. Society says it is ok to discriminate against a human being with disabilities, as long as they still are in the womb.