IEF, 12/14/2020 – Abortion doctors broke the silence about their work in a new study of late abortions in Irish hospitals. Some survive late abortions.
Before the Health Act 2018 was passed with 66% popular support ( the IEF reported ), Ireland’s abortion regime was considered the strictest in Europe, establishing equal rights to mother and unborn life. Since then, the new legal situation has allowed abortion up to the twelfth week of pregnancy and also in all phases of pregnancy if the mother’s life could be endangered or the unborn child suffers from a serious fetal anomaly that would not allow him to live longer than 28 days. In January of this year, the Irish Health Department confirmed a number of 6,666 abortions last year under the new law, The Tablet reported.
“A terrible procedure”
A recent study by University College Cork, based on a series of interviews with ten doctors who perform abortions in Irish hospitals, looks behind the scenes of the liberal Health Act 2018. According to the Iona Institute , the study focuses on late abortions due to serious fetal abnormalities, although many doctors are unsure what is meant by “serious”. Likewise, there is disagreement as to which malformations one can speak of a chance of survival for only 28 days. However, there is consensus regarding the abortion procedure. Doctors describe the feticide as “brutal, terrible, and emotionally difficult,” like Right to Life reported. “I remember feeling sick in the corridor afterwards because I thought the procedure was so horrible and scary,” admitted one doctor.
A full section of the study is devoted to the emotional difficulties doctors face after performing late abortions. More than half of the interviewees perceive their work as an internal conflict; many see themselves clearly responsible for the death of the babies.
Healthy boy aborted
In addition to the question of what could be meant by a serious malformation, there have already been cases of misdiagnosis that resulted in an abortion of healthy babies. In 2019, for example, a young boy was diagnosed with trisomy 18. After the abortion, however, it turned out that the baby would have been in excellent health. The fear of making a misdiagnosis is a constant companion of the doctors, as the study shows. According to The Tablet , there is fear of the media and criminal liability.
Late abortion in Ireland
Late abortions are performed using fetocide. The baby is killed in the womb before the birth is initiated and the mother brings the dead baby into the world. The killing is done with a dose of potassium chloride injected into the baby’s heart or head. At this stage, the baby’s sense of pain is already pronounced and the baby is already well developed.
Left to die
If no feticide is carried out, but “only” the birth is initiated specifically before the child is able to survive, according to the doctors it happens again and again that these children are born alive after all. The study leaves open what happens to these children, but implies that they will be left to die without any palliative care, as reported by Right to Life . As a result, the doctors interviewed are in a position to ask for someone to take care of palliative care for the surviving babies.
Sharp criticism from Pro-Life party
In response to the study, Peadar Tóibiín , leader of the Irish pro-life party Aontú, called for late abortions to be banned in Ireland. He also expects the Irish Minister of Health to investigate the psychological damage and consequences of late-term abortions for medical staff. Horrified showed Tóibiín particularly on the situation regarding abortion survivor. The politician said: “It would be utterly shocking if a child who has survived an abortion had to be rescued. The study emphasized the need to ban late-term abortions and introduce legal liability to protect a baby’s life should it survive an abortion. (TS)