Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Catholic Herald - Mater Hospital should be challenging new abortion law....

Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae Hospital seems to have accepted the change in the law that could pave the way for abortion on demand

By FRANCIS PHILLIPS on Tuesday, 1 October 2013

When I read a news item last week, stating that the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin had decided it would comply with the new Irish abortion law (about which I blogged on July 17), my heart sank. How could it do this? Why could the hospital not have refused, thus giving a direct challenge to the Irish government? If the worst came to the worst and the government sacked the hospital’s personnel en masse, would that not be the better outcome and send out a braver and more principled signal to other hospitals in the country which might be looking for firm leadership?

The new law states that an abortion can be carried out in the Republic throughout the nine months of pregnancy where the life of the mother is at risk – including if she threatens suicide. As everyone knows who has studied the result of laws like this – seemingly humanitarian but in fact the opposite – it will open the way to abortion on demand.

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