A Pro-Life demonstration outside Leinster House last Summer
Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent of The Guardian reports this evening:
Pregnant women in Ireland could be blocked from having an abortion even if they are at risk of suicide after conceiving as a result of rape or incest, under new guidelines issued to Irish doctors.
Experts warned that the Guidance Document for Health Professionals, which has yet to be made public but has been obtained by the Guardian, will give power to doctors, obstetricians and psychiatrists to prevent vulnerable women from terminating their pregnancies.
….The 108-page guide does not include provisions for an independent committee to make decisions on treating those with “suicidal intent”, which was a key demand among campaigners for reform…initial referral for women including those with “suicidal intent” begins with her own GP.
If the GP agrees, he or she will refer the woman to three doctors – including one obstetrician and two psychiatrists – who will decide whether there is a real risk to the woman’s life through suicide. If her request is rejected, she will go through an appeal system involving another two psychiatrists and another obstetrician….
Legal Consultant to the ‘ProLife Campaign’ Caroline Simons (centre third left) with supporters (from left) Catriona Heffernan, Cora Sherlock, Seana Stafford, Maria Fogarty and Catriona Curran in front of a billboard for their new ‘Simple Truth’ campaign in Dublin, on the anniversary of the Government passing the Protection of Life During Pregnany Act.
The Life Institute has produced a list of candidates [after consulting only Direct Democracy, Fianna Fáil, the Green Party and Independents] for the local elections who they claim support the following statement:
Do you support the repeal of the legislation which permits abortion on suicide grounds, and support making Ireland a place where unborn children are legally protected and mothers get all necessary life-saving treatment in pregnancy?
Two undergraduates at NUIG Galway (top) lip lock this afternoon in protest at provocative Pro-life-style postering around campus while (above) a member of the Christian Society clings to a poster display holder.
[University College Dublin pro-life student Samuel O'Connor]
Via The College Tribune:
Law student Samuel O’Connor has become the first UCD student ever to leave UCD Students’ Union. The Union’s Independent Appeals and Disciplinary Board determined that UCDSU “would not be respecting Mr. O’Connor’s legal rights” if it did not allow for his name to be removed from the SU electoral register and any databases used by UCDSU to contact UCD students as Mr. O’Connor requested. Mr. O’Connor will not however receive a monetary refund due to the current SU funding model.