July 15, 2019

Monday (Moderated) Open Thread (071519)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Irish doctor campaigns for conscience rights — Govt cannot ‘bully’ physicians into doing abortions

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Dublin, Ireland:

Thu Jul 4, 2019 – 4:54 pm EST

A senior Irish obstetrician-gynecologist will call for conscience rights for his fellow Irish doctors when he addresses the All-Ireland Rally for Life this Saturday.

According to Ireland’s The Life Institute, Dr. Trevor Hayes will tell the pro-life witnesses “that politicians cannot and will not bully doctors into performing or facilitating abortions.”

Hayes believes that Taoiseach Leo Varadkhar’s pro-abortion government is attempting to violate the rights of medical professionals who conscientiously object to taking part in abortions.

“This is a form of bullying that is absolutely unacceptable because a person’s conscience is not subject to majority rule,” he said.

Ireland was once the safest place in Europe for unborn babies. However, after the 2018 referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution, unborn children lost their right to life in the Republic. The referendum was swiftly followed by a law allowing abortion on demand.

Northern Ireland still has laws that forbid abortion except when deemed necessary to save the life or the health of the unborn child’s mother.

A medical veteran of over 20 years of practice, Hayes believes the Irish health system is suffering from a lack of personnel, which makes the governmental bullying of conscientious objectors “particularly appalling.”

“We have a huge crisis in the health service, and that crisis is especially acute in staffing, so it is particularly appalling that staff in both nursing and medicine feel that they will be forced out of medicine because their right not to participate in abortion is not being respected,” Hayes stated. …

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