About 90 percent of doctors in Ireland refuse to abort unborn babies, and abortion activists are upset.
A new report from the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWC) found that more than half of all maternity hospitals in the country provide abortions, but only one in 10 doctors are willing to abort unborn babies, the Irish women’s site Her reports.
“As of April 2020, 373 GPs had signed contracts with the Heath Service Executive (HSE) to provide EMA (early medical abortion) and medical professionals who took part in this research suggest this has increased slightly to approximately 385 providers,” according to the report.
According to the Irish College of General Practitioners, Ireland has approximately 3,496 practicing physicians. This means about 90 percent of doctors in the country will not abort unborn babies, according to the report.
Abortion activists are pointing to the new findings as they demand that doctors be forced to help abort unborn babies.
Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council, said lawmakers must ensure “that conscientious objection can never prevent women and pregnant people from accessing urgent healthcare,” the Irish Times reports.
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Ireland voted to legalize abortion in 2018. Now, abortions are legal for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances. The law forces taxpayers to pay for abortions and forces Catholic hospitals to provide them. It strictly limits conscience protections for medical professionals, and hundreds of doctors and nurses fear being forced to help abort unborn babies or lose their jobs.
Now, abortion activists want lawmakers to get rid of the limited conscience protections because, as O’Connor put it, Irish women need “better availability of abortion care.”
As lawmakers prepare to review the abortion law later this year, O’Connor’s group and others also are urging them to expand abortions beyond 12 weeks and end the three-day waiting period for an abortion, according to Her.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are urging lawmakers to protect unborn babies and mothers.
The Pro-Life Campaign spokeswoman Eilís Mulroy told the Irish Times that the law betrays women and their unborn babies. Since Ireland legalized abortion, she said thousands unborn babies have been killed.
“We are confident, however, that once people realize the truth of what’s happening, they will start to question the new law and look for answers from the politicians who misled them into thinking things would be very different,” Mulroy said.
Some medical workers also have been standing strong against Ireland’s new pro-abortion law.
In 2019, Dr. Trevor Hayes and three other OB-GYNs at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny said they “decided unanimously” not to perform abortions at their hospital.
Hayes said pro-abortion political leaders will create a major health crisis if they bully medical professionals into performing abortions, because many will quit rather than kill an unborn child, Kilkenny Now reported at the time.
“If this means that doctors and nurses and other medical professionals are being forced out of medicine, this will only add to the staffing crisis already crippling the health service,” he said. “Abortion is not life-saving. It’s life-ending. It’s not health care, and no amount of spin can make it health care.”
He criticized Minister for Health Simon Harris, one of the key activists who pushed Ireland to legalize abortion.
“He is obsessing with abortion,” Hayes said. “It’s a procedure that helps no one and takes the life of a child. Instead he is trying to bully good men and women to get involved in abortion against their conscience.”