Most Irish doctors still are refusing to abort unborn babies nearly four years after their country legalized abortion.
A new investigation by Newstalk found that more than 88 percent of all general practitioners and almost half of all maternity hospitals in Ireland do not do abortions.
This means many doctors are resisting pressure from abortion activists and government leaders to kill unborn babies in abortions, a debasement of the medical profession. They know that their job is to heal and relieve pain and that unborn babies are patients, too.
According to new Freedom of Information documents received by Newstalk, 405 doctors do abortions in Ireland, which is less than 12 percent of all general practitioners in the country.
The investigation also found that 10 maternity hospitals in the country do abortions, but nine others refuse to participate in the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Abortion activists responded to the investigation by demanding that all maternity hospitals do abortions.
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Here’s more from the report:
Orla O’Connor, the director of the National Women’s Council, says that is very poor.
“We believe in the National Women’s Council that all 19 should be offering a full suite of reproductive healthcare services, in line with the law.
“And I think the point is that these are publicly-funded hospitals”
The Health Service Executive (HSE) says it is working to increase the availability of abortion services in hospitals.
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 also forces taxpayers to pay for abortions and strictly limits conscience protections for medical professionals.
Now, abortion activists want lawmakers to get rid of the limited conscience protections altogether. Last year, O’Connor told the Irish Times lawmakers must ensure “that conscientious objection can never prevent women and pregnant people from accessing urgent healthcare.”
Abortions are not “urgent” health care – or health care at all – and some medical workers have been standing strong against the 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 former 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.”