Niamh Ui Bhriain

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No limits: the cruel, archaic and unacceptable reality of Ireland’s abortion proposal

Niamh Ui Bhriain
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May 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Irish government has produced an Abortion Bill that is cruel, archaic and utterly unacceptable.

It proposes to legalise the direct and intentional killing of unborn children in Ireland for the first time. There will be no term limits – this is abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. And abortion will be legal on suicide grounds, despite the fact that similar legislation has led to abortion on demand in other countries.

In a betrayal of the pro-life majority, to whom Fine Gael made a pro-life promise in Election 2011, Taoiseach [Prime Minister] Enda Kenny has rushed forward to insist that this horrendous legislation is a 'very restrictive measure'.

In fact, he is saying that the 'law on abortion is not being changed'.

These are truly weasel words.

Mr Kenny knows full well that if this Bill passes, all will have changed, changed utterly.

Let's be clear, the Bill is not about protecting women, something which everyone supports; it's about making the killing of unborn children legal.

We are not talking here about the early delivery of a baby due to medical necessity, this is about aborting a baby on mental health grounds – and being able to do so at any stage in the pregnancy.

The Minister of State, Alex White, has confirmed this on RTÉ radio. The Labour Party TD declared that the right to life of innocent unborn children was 'not absolute'.

Then he insisted that there would be no time limit on the 'right' to abort a baby. "[T]here is no question of a time limit. There’s no question of a time limit in this legislation,” he said.

This is almost beyond belief. Ireland, long a light to the world for her exemplary protection of mothers and babies, is now to legalise late term abortions.

Think about what that means. Consider what science tells us about that child in the womb.

The baby is perfectly formed at eight weeks. Every day after that, muscle gets stronger, bones get denser, and the baby gets bigger.

At 18 or 22 weeks abortion is a particularly horrendous procedure. After that again, we are entering into Gosnell territory.

Yet if a woman says she is suicidal, according to Minister Alex White, there are no time limits in the legislation.

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What are Irish doctors going to do? What methods are they going to use?

Will they tear the baby apart piece by piece? Or will they inject this living, growing child into the heart with a substance that causes cardiac arrest. Either method is horrendously painful. And either method takes an innocent human life.

In order to distract from the horror of late term abortion, Health Minister James Reilly is suggesting that, after 6 months, the baby could be delivered prematurely and kept alive.

But that would deliberately inflict all the serious problems of extreme prematurity on a physically healthy baby – being born to a physically healthy mother.

All decent doctors would be appalled at this prospect. Yet the government wants allow this to happen in Irish hospitals.

They want to make abortionists out of Irish doctors – and allow the abortion industry to set up shop here. This is a cruel and unacceptable proposal, which also reveals the ignorant and archaic mindset of this government.

Instead of ensuring that both mother and baby are safe, they want to pit mothers against their children in the medieval belief that the violence of abortion can ever be a solution to a woman in crisis.

Enda Kenny and his Cabinet are making this decision in defiance of the best medical evidence presented to them earlier this year, when leading Irish psychiatrists confirmed that abortion was not a treatment for suicidality.

Furthermore, 113 psychiatrists have since told the government that the new legislation would require doctors to "participate in a process that is not evidence-based" and said that should not be asked of the profession.

Kenny choose to ignore them, just as he is choosing to ignore the pro-life majority in his bid to rush through this cruel, archaic and unacceptable proposal.

For a great many Irish people, he has now crossed the line. Some promises cannot be broken. Our mothers and babies deserve better than abortion.

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