In September this year, an International Symposium on Maternal Health was held in Dublin. According to reports, approx. 150 medical professionals were in attendance. They issued a statement (now known as the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health) which reads,
“As experienced practitioners and researchers in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn in the termination of pregnancy – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.
We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatments results in the loss of life of her unborn child.
We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to a pregnant woman.” (statement ends.)
Tomorrow (Wednesday), the Dail ( Irish Parliament) will meet, to discuss and debate the report compiled by an “Expert” group on the issue of abortion in the Republic of Ireland. This group is chaired by Mr.Justice Sean Ryan and, according to a leaked “report of the report,” they state that , “termination of pregnancy should be considered a medical treatment regardless of whether the risk to the woman arises on physical or mental health grounds.”
The contrast between this latter statement and the above Declaration is both startling and shocking!
The Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Enda Kenny, has ruled out a free vote for his party Fine Gael TD’s (Members of Parliament,) so he is not allowing a conscience vote.
Praveen Halappanavar, husband of Savita Halappanavar, is intensifying the pressure on the Irish government by threatening them with an appeal to the European Parliament if they don’t grant him a Public Inquiry, and giving them a deadline of this Thursday to capitulate to his demands.
Obviously three inquiries ( and there will be three when one includes a Coroner’s Inquest) are not enough for Mr.Halappanavar, who has become the “darling of the Left” and the pro-abortion rent-a-mob.
Incidentally, they will be protesting (again) at the Dail tomorrow (during the debate) and they view their jaunt with the excitement reserved for a day trip to the country, as they have suggested that activists bring camping chairs and flasks of tea/coffee and wrap up in warm clothing. This is an exciting time for these activists because their dream of abortion on demand is tantalisingly close. A dream for them and a nightmare for those of us who believe that life is precious, from conception to life’s end.
We fear that the Irish government will capitulate because of threats and intimidation, but we continue to hope that courage is not an elusive quality in Irish legislators.