As is now slowly filtering into the public consciousness, Ireland’s abortion rate has shot up since the 8th was repealed. 6,666 babies aborted in the first year alone, according to the Department of Health. In the first two years, 13,243 babies were aborted.
Given that most people would be supportive of measures to reduce the abortion rate (since only the psychotic could possibly want more abortions) , you’d think that the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, would embrace a chance to discuss the issue and to consider the possible actions the government could take to improve matters for women and their babies.
Donnelly was given that opportunity when he was asked a question recently by Independent TD, Carol Nolan.
She asked “the Minister for Health if he would “address the significant public concerns that the 13,243 abortions that have taken place” under the provisions of the abortion legislation, and asked whether that number “stands in contrast to the numerous commitments provided to the persons that the rate of abortions, post-enactment of this legislation would be rare.”
She asked if he would make a statement on the matter.
Donnelly’s reply was revealing. He said not a single word about the shocking abortion rate. He didn’t bother addressing the promises made – by Leo Varadkar and others – that abortion would be rare.
He failed to express any concern for the 13,243 lives lost. Instead, he told Deputy Nolan what she already knew, that there had been a referendum in 2018 and that abortion was being provided since 1 January 2019.
The Minister didn’t even bother to make a half-hearted reference to the MyOptions scheme or add even a line about assisting women in crisis. Instead he appears to be laying it all on the people. They knew what they were voting for, it seems.
Well no, actually, They were promised that abortion would be rare. It’s anything but. 13,243 in two year is not rare. It’s carnage.
And they were promised that no late-term abortions would take place. Another lie.
They were promised that women would have in person consultations with their doctors. That’s going out the window too.
Perhaps the most potent lie was the argument that women needed the 8th repealed so that they would be safe in our maternity hospitals. But since the referendum, they have died and there have been no vigils, no angry demonstrations, no media comment.
Of course, that’s why Donnelly feels arrogant enough to give this meaningless reply to Carol Nolan. Because he knows the media will let him away with it. There will be no hard questions asked by them of this regime.
But a change is coming. They are no longer the only ones able to ask questions and demand answers. The public – and the lives destroyed by abortion – deserve that.
The question and answer can be seen below.
For Written Answer on : 21/10/2021
Question Number(s): 334 Question Reference(s): 51870/21
Asked by: Carol Nolan T.D.
To ask the Minister for Health if he will address the significant public concerns that the 13,243 abortions that have taken place under the provisions of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 stands in contrast to the numerous commitments provided to the persons that the rate of abortions, post-enactment of this legislation would be rare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
As the Deputy will be aware, a referendum on the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution was held on 25 May 2018. The referendum was passed by a substantial majority, and article 40.3.3 of the Constitution was amended to confirm that the Oireachtas may make laws for the regulation of the termination of pregnancy.
A draft General Scheme of a Bill to Regulate Termination of Pregnancy was published by the Department of Health in advance of the referendum, so that voters would be aware of the Government’s intentions should the referendum pass. Key elements of the legislation, in particular the grounds on which termination of pregnancy may be carried out, remain the same as those set out in the draft General Scheme.
The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 was subsequently signed into law on 20 December 2018. It permits termination to be carried out in cases where there is a risk to the life, or of serious harm to the health, of the pregnant woman; where there is a condition present which is likely to lead to the death of the foetus either before or within 28 days of birth; and without restriction up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Expanded services for termination of pregnancy under the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 were introduced from 1 January 2019.