To Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, TD.
A study, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology September 2020, confirmed that late-term babies were being aborted in Irish hospitals.
The abortionists used the foeticide method, that is where a lethal injection of potassium chloride or digoxin is injected into the baby’s heart. This stops the heart-beat and the circulation of blood, and will soon lead to death. When the abortionist believes that death has taken place, a further drug is given to activate the birth process and expel the baby’s body. In some cases, the injected poison does not kill the baby, and a living child is born.
In the study just mentioned, One doctor described performing foeticide as akin to "stabbing the baby in the heart". Others said it was “brutal" and “awful", while one recounted: "I remember getting sick out in the corridor afterwards because I thought it [foeticide] was such an awful procedure and so dreadful."
Doctors were also “unclear as to who will look after these babies”, had they survived the abortion.
Back in November 2018 a number of TDs attempted to introduce amendments to the Abortion Act, that would have provided pain relief for the baby in a late-term abortion. The amendments were opposed by all the main parties and were defeated. The then Minister for Health, Simon Harris, dismissed pro-life concerns around late-term abortions as a “shock tactic”.
I am calling on the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, in the face of the undeniable reality that late-term abortions are performed in Irish hospitals, two introduce legislation to ban this barbaric practice, and to provide effective healthcare to a baby born alive in an abortion.
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