New allegations of “illegality” made concerning the National Maternity Hospital Baby
Aontú Leader Peadar Tóibín TD raised new information in the Dáil today that has been brought to his attention concerning the alleged “illegal abortion” in the National Maternity Hospital.
Previously An Teachta Tóibín stated that “the abortion took place without a diagnostic test or one of the medical practitioners even meeting the mother”.
Addressing the Taoiseach, An Teachta Tóibín today stated:
“Under section 20 of your abortion legislation, and I paraphrase here, not later than 28 days after the abortion has been carried out, the medical practitioner who carried out the abortion shall forward a record of the abortion to the Minister for Health.”
“The termination of the healthy baby was completed on March 14th. The record should have been with the Minister by April
“But that’s not what happened. I understand that no record of the abortion was forwarded by the hospital to the Minister until after the family solicitor raised the shocking details of the case. This is another clear breech of the law. Worse, Minister Harris has known about this breech for over a month and has done nothing to challenge this illegal act.”
Speaking after his Dáil contribution on this tragedy, An Teachta Tóibín questioned:
“This leads to a number of serious questions. Why has the composition of the Review Panel of the case been approved without proper input from the family? Why at this late stage has access to all of the mother’s medical records not been given to the mother at the heart of this case? The family have told me that they tried to get answers from hospital and only sought legal
help when it became clear they were getting nowhere.
“Its alleged that the original abortion did not comply with the law. Was this the reason the report was not sent to the Minister within the legal time limit and until after the intervention of the family solicitor? Is this law optional or why has the Minister not sought to enforce it since? How many abortions have not been reported since 2013? Can we trust the abortion figures in Ireland at all?”
“The Minister for Health has been sitting on the information for 4 weeks. The AG has been briefed. The family has sat with the Chief Medical Officer for hours and yet the Taoiseach will not give open and honest answers to the Dáil.”