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Irish Abortion Legislation Will Have Some Disturbing Requirements for Catholic Hospitals

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Last month, a nation that had once held a beacon of hope high above the Western world that abortion could be abolished from the modern world snuffed out that beacon and replaced it with thousands of women crying with joy at their newfound “right” to murder their own child.

To anyone who respects the sanctity of life, this was a truly heartbreaking and surreal moment in the fight for life.

Ireland had previously an amendment to their constitution that plainly recognized the autonomous life of an unborn child and assured the Irish government would not allow this child’s right to life to be taken away.

Ireland overwhelmingly voted to repeal this amendment on May 25th.

Now, as Parlament irons out the legislature that would allow for abortion, Ireland’s Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, has announced that Catholic hospitals may not opt out of providing abortion procedures.

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Town Hall reports that while individual doctors, nurses, and midwives may opt out based on personal objections, entire institutions that receive public funding may not.

“It will not, however, be possible for publicly-funded hospitals,” Varadkar said during a meeting with Parlament this week, “no matter who their patron or owner is, to opt out of providing these necessary services which will be legal in this state once this legislation is passed by the Dáil and Seanad (senate).”

Ireland does not seem to have a medical community that is overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the new laws, which should tell you something about the nature of abortion.

Town Hall explains:

Ever since Ireland’s landslide vote in favor of legalizing abortion, parliament has been working to draft legislation that will put the new laws into effect. In short, any woman will soon be able to get an abortion up to the point of 12 weeks gestation, and in extreme cases, through the 24th week of pregnancy. This is said to be modeled after 2013’s Protection of Life Act, which both allowed women to obtain abortions in “extreme medical circumstances”, and medical personnel to opt out of performing the procedure if they so desired.

The president of the National Association of General Practitioners in Ireland, who self-identifies as pro-choice, recently stated that just 20% of GPs are presently willing to provide abortions. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, 85% of general practitioners believe that abortion is not to be considered part of “routine general practice.”

Translation: an overwhelming majority of Irish doctors don’t believe that aborting babies is essential to the practice of medicine.

Which is why the NAGP, in contrast to Prime Minister Varadkar, is arguing for an “opt-in” versus “opt-out” system for doctors.

Even if doctors could opt out of the abortion procedure, even if religious liberty was maintained amid the establishment of the barbaric practice of legal abortion, the murder of an untold number of Irish babies will soon begin.

Pray for Ireland, and pray for the pro-life movement around the world to give them the strength to fight harder than they ever have for the natural right of a child to be born.

 

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