Today, something changed in Ireland. For the first time in history, abortion is now readily available and practiced throughout 26 of our 32 counties.

From this day forth, a new service will be offered in local medical centres.

As patients are examined by their GPs and prescribed medication to improve their health, another doctor in the next room could be helping to administer an abortion pill specifically designed to cut off an unborn child’s supply of blood and nourishment.

In the coming days, the first abortions will start to be performed in Irish maternity hospitals. This is in spite of the lack of preparation and training, and the fears expressed by pro-choice physicians that the rushed legislation could lead to tragic patient outcomes.

The National Maternity Hospital in Dublin – which bears the motto ‘Life Glorious Life’ – will begin accepting abortion referrals from January 7th, with the Rotunda and other hospitals likely to follow suit shortly afterwards.

This represents a new departure for hospitals that previously worked to safely bring babies into this world.

Babies will continue to be born in them, but at the same time and in the same location, other defenseless infants will have their lives extinguished in grotesque procedures.

Doctors and midwives will undertake both kinds of work: safeguarding the lives of some babies and deliberately ending the lives of others. The survival of one infant will be heralded as a job well done; the death of another at the exact same stage of pregnancy will be regarded as a successful outcome.

The difference between the two children is not scientific. One is wanted and one is not. Therefore, one’s life has value and the other does not. Science has as little to do with it as reason does. This is the new Ireland and these are the inherent contradictions witnessed daily in any country that allows abortion-on-request.

For thousands of years, the Hippocratic Oath and the guidance to ‘Do No Harm’ has underpinned medical ethics worldwide, including in Ireland.

Not anymore. A large number of medical professionals will routinely do the ultimate harm by deliberately terminating human life.

A spokesperson for the HSE recently stated that an extra 155 staff will be needed to “enable the implementation of a safe, high-quality termination of pregnancy service in the acute hospital system.”

Aside from the advent of the specialist terminator, we can expect further changes in the years to come.

The abortion regime which the Government devised in order to win the referendum is, like many of their other plans, probably doomed to failure.

Before the people were asked to vote, the Tánaiste Simon Coveney assured voters that there would be ‘no abortion clinics’ in Ireland, even if abortion were to be legalised.

This promise is unlikely to be kept, especially if the GP-based system runs into problems. In that case, Marie Stopes Dublin will soon be a reality, and not a pleasant one.

New legislation will also be introduced to limit the right to peaceful protest outside premises where abortions are performed.

The Taoiseach, the Health Minister and other politicians have been gleefully anticipating this day.

While the boyish enthusiasm of Harris and others seems tasteless, it is understandable in the current political circumstances.

This Government has presided over a housing crisis marked by soaring rents and record homelessness figures. Around ten thousand men, women and children are without homes.

In the health sector, the problems are even more serious. Over 700,000 people – around one in seven Irish people – are on a waiting list of some kind, and the next trolley crisis is always just around the corner.

The introduction of abortion services provides unpopular politicians with an opportunity to ride the crest of the liberal wave while distracting voters from their failings in other areas.

By associating themselves with a legislative change which earned broad popular support, our reigning political class also gain an opportunity to rewrite history to suit their ends.

Leo Varadkar said that the vote in May to introduce abortion was the culmination “a quiet revolution.”  

The fact that this quiet revolution involved illegal funding from a foreign billionaire, physical intimidation against public speakers with pro-life views, massive and systemic bias by the national media, the expulsion of pro-life politicians from their parties, the large-scale destruction of campaign posters and the banning of all online ads by a multinational corporation acting at the behest of abortion advocates means nothing.

It wasn’t a revolution and it certainly wasn’t quiet, but they won and so they get to write the history book afterwards. Such is politics.  

A dishonest narrative created by a disingenuous political elite is appropriate given the circumstances. Dishonesty is at the heart of all efforts to promote or advance the acceptance of abortion.

Abortion became acceptable in Ireland in the same way and for the same reasons that it became acceptable elsewhere. Its acceptability in polite society is based on unspoken agreements never to ask the obvious questions or say what is best left unsaid.

In this respect, politicians are no more culpable than those ordinary citizens who support their efforts. Taking time to consider the issues which abortion presents is to be avoided at all costs, and clear thinking needs to be replaced with cheap slogans, no matter how transparently illogical they are.

Abortion is fine (but let’s call it termination, or better yet, choice).

Abortion clinics are bad (because they provide abortions).

It is only a foetus, just a cluster of cells (unless the pregnancy is wanted, in which case ‘baby’ immediately becomes the preferable term).

Abortion is a private choice (but everyone should have to pay for it).

Abortion is a personal decision (up until 12 weeks into a pregnancy, at which point it magically becomes everyone’s business).

There is nothing distressing about abortion (but no one should explain what it involves, or God forbid, show it in picture form).

It is part of being a liberal society (and protests against it should be banned or at the very least severely circumscribed).

It is a normal part of healthcare (even if most doctors want nothing to do with it, and many would leave their profession rather than perform such a procedure).

It is a New Year, and it is a new Ireland too. We voted to make it so, but it’s never too late to begin to think, and ask questions.

Posted by James Bradshaw

4 Comments

  1. Life is so presious. We had the treat of a life when we learned about new twin boys coming into this world. Now we are so happy being near them, minding them in all their glory. We are so fortunate and grateful to be feeling so happy. Having lost our 29 year old baby from SADS we try now to save lives of young fit people and help families effected by all forms of SADS through our Charity CRY.ie

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  2. Maria Mhic Mheanmain 01/01/2019 at 9:15 pm

    This may seem counterintuitive at first, but I believe that abortion clinics will in fact help the pro-life cause. Abortion being carried out in GP clinics helps to normalise it, continues the myth that it is “healthcare”. Once something is “normalised”, it is extremely hard to get rid of it.

    On the other hand, having to go to a special clinic, engenders the impression that something “other” is going on, something not quite healthcare. and maintains a “stigma” for want of a better word.

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  3. Rosemary McCloskey 01/01/2019 at 11:27 pm

    Health care is about improving and taking care of life NOT about Legalised MURDER!! What lies Satan is spreading through our gullible people who cannot see the mark of the beast in all of this.
    Those in favour of it have to face their maker eventually who is the Lord of Life. They would do well to reflect on this!
    One doe not have to be religious or of any particular faith to know from our in built natural law that the killing of another human being no mater the size or shape is intrinsically evil and a crime against humanity!

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  4. An excellent article which needs to shared far and wide. Watching on from the North, the blatant bias that was shown towards prolife representatives by the Irish media in the south prior during & after the referendum was horrible to watch. Irish citizens in the North were blocked from voting yet simon harris feels its perfectly fine to offer the same free abortions to All women in Ireland including the North, where we have our own prolife laws that should be respected. You cannot pick and chose when we are Irish citizens and when we aren’t, just to suit the pro abortion agenda.
    It is a sad day for Ireland, but we will Never remain silent nor will we ever stop sharing the dangers of the Abortion industry to both mother and child. Ireland hasn’t progressed, it has regressed. What next? Will they follow the U.K. who this week, have just given into pressure of allowing women to self medicate with the Abortion pills at home? Bpas of course are rubbing their hands with glee, this leaves more appointments free for surgical abortions, no mention of the risks including infection, partial abortion and extensive bleeding for these women at home, alone! (Wasn’t this one of the main arguments by the repeal side during the 8th ref? Women shouldn’t be alone at home taking pills?) Will they ever be content? I don’t think so. They’ve opened a can of worms and boundaries will be pushed. Watch this space:(

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