Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has called the Minister for Health to research phycological damage and consequences on medical staff of late term abortions in Ireland. The call comes after a report was published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Tóibín: “A research paper was published in recent days, which extensively interviewed 10 Abortion Doctors who had provided abortions in Ireland. Their testimonies served to confirm the horrors of late term abortions. One doctor recalled getting sick in the corridors after carrying out an abortion. One doctor said abortion was basically ‘stabbing the baby in the heart’. Doctors are being asked to inject – without any pain relief for the unborn – potassium into the heart of the child inducing a horrific heart attack to end their life, and are being irreparably haunted by these horrific acts for the rest of their lives”.

“Another harrowing element of the report referred to the situation arising where a child survived an abortion and whether their lives will be fought for. Indeed, the doctors surveyed said they would be left in a position where they would ‘begging’ anyone to help administer palliative care to the abortion surviving child. It is truly harrowing that there would even be any doubt that a child born in Ireland who survived an abortion should be saved or not.”

“The testimony of these doctors underlines the absolute need to ban late term abortion in Ireland, to allow for pain relief to be given to the child before the abortion and the need for a legal responsibility to safeguard the life of the child if he or she survives an abortion. I tabled these amendments in the Dáil during the legislation. Shockingly FF, FG, SF and Labour voted against these amendments. It comes at a time when we know of a healthy baby being aborted under this element of the Irish Law. I warned Simon Harris that this would happen again at the time of the legislation but of course this too was ignored”.

“The horror of what Irish doctors, nurses and medical staff are being subjected to compounds the injustice of the taking the life of the child, We are calling on the Minister for Health to research phycological impacts and consequences of being subjected this are on medical staff”.

NB Research Paper:

S Power, S Meaney & K O’Donoghue, Fetal medicine specialist experiences of providing a new service of termination of pregnancy for fatal fetal anomaly: a qualitative study (15 September 2020) International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology – https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1471-0528.16502?af=R