Ireland is on its way to becoming one of the most pro-abortion countries in the world.
On Thursday, the Dáil continued to debate a bill that would legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances. It would force taxpayers to pay for abortions and force Catholic hospitals to provide them. The bill also strictly limits conscience protections for medical professionals.
Lawmakers rejected a series of amendments this week that would have provided at least some protections for unborn babies. One amendment would have protected unborn babies from discrimination based on their sex or a disability like Down syndrome.
The Irish Times reports TDs voted 71 to 21 against the amendment after pro-abortion Health Minister Simon Harris claimed it was unnecessary...
With no law mandating that these babies be cared for if born alive, Ireland is opening the door for even more potential abuses. American medical workers have shared harrowing stories of babies born alive from botched abortions and left to die because there were no laws to protect them.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Irish pro-life doctors, nurses and midwives have been urging the health minister to meet with them to address a severe lack of conscience protections in the law. Without added protections, medical workers could be forced to help abort unborn babies or lose their jobs.
The bill would force Catholic hospitals and pregnancy centers to promote or provide abortions against their consciences as well. In September, Harris confirmed that Catholic hospitals will be forced to abort unborn babies, saying, “… conscientious objection is for individuals, not institutions.”
On Wednesday, Irish lawmakers also voted to force taxpayers to pay for all abortions in the country, despite strong public opposition.
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