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Abortion doctor study reveals reality of late-term abortion ‘feticide’ under Ireland’s new law

Abortion doctors in Ireland have described late-term abortion as “‘brutal’, ‘awful’ and ‘emotionally difficult’, referring to it as ‘stabbing the baby in the heart’, and held themselves responsible for the death of the baby”.

A recent study based on interviews with ten doctors who perform abortions in Irish hospitals under the country’s new abortion law reveals the macabre work of abortion doctors who abort babies with disabilities, with one doctor saying: “I remember getting sick out in the corridors afterwards because I thought it (feticide) was such an awful procedure and so dreadful.”

A section titled ‘Internal Conflict and Emotional Challenges’ describes the emotional difficulty experienced by most of the doctors who perform late-term abortions. Over half of the participants described their work as creating a ‘psychological burden’. In addition to saying late term abortions were ‘brutal’, ‘awful’ and involved ‘stabbing a baby in the heart’, a couple of them referred to themselves as ‘doctor death’.

Late-term abortions

Late-term abortions typically use a procedure known as ‘feticide’, whereby the baby is killed in the womb, before inducing labour so that the mother gives birth to a dead child. This involves the injection of potassium chloride directly into the baby’s heart to end the baby’s life.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says that “failure to perform feticide could result in live birth and survival, an outcome that contradicts the intention of the abortion.”

The administration of potassium chloride in executions in the USA is considered so painful that it is necessary to first administer an anaesthetic before its use. There is, however, no such obligation to use painkillers in late term abortions, despite the mounting evidence that the unborn baby is capable of experiencing pain and distress.

What happens to the babies born alive?

Sometimes, during an abortion procedure, the attempted ‘feticide’ in the womb fails, resulting in the baby being born alive. The report leaves the fate of these babies unclear but implies that they are left to die with or without palliative care.

It states that the doctors who were performing the abortions were “‘unclear as to who will look after these babies’ if a baby is born alive following [an abortion] by induction of labour and without feticide, resulting in them ‘begging people to help’ them in providing palliative care”.

The report also quotes a doctor as saying: “None of us want to be in a situation where we thought, ah sure deliver and then the baby is alive six weeks later and there’s all the issues that go with that”.

Not fatal enough

Abortion legislation in Ireland permits abortion throughout all stages of pregnancy if the baby has a disability such that doctors can form a ‘reasonable opinion’ that the baby is likely to die within the first 28 days of his or her life.

The report says that the abortion doctors faced difficulty with conditions that were ‘not clearly fatal but clearly awful’.

There have been cases of abortion following a misdiagnosis of disability. In 2019, a baby boy was thought to have Trisomy 18 and only after the abortion was it shown that the child was perfectly healthy.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said: “This report unintentionally reveals the truly dark and disturbing reality of abortion. Several abortion doctors describe ‘feticide’, which is just a form of abortion, as ‘brutal’, and ‘stabbing the baby in the heart.’ No wonder they experience a ‘psychological burden’.

“Through its interviews with those who actually perform abortions, the report shines a light on the total inhumanity of the whole process. The authors of the report are evidently dissatisfied with the limits placed on abortion on the grounds of disability in Ireland. As in the UK, the lethal discrimination against people with disabilities is on clear display.”

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Thanks to the support of people like you, on Monday 5 July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Police , Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this major defeat is not the end for our opposition.

The abortion lobby has already been successful at using the Coronavirus crisis to temporarily introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy has not only accompanied a large increase in the number of lives ended by abortion but has also been linked to a number of serious incidents where women’s lives have been put at risk while performing their abortion at home.

Our opposition is now eager to see more widespread changes to legislation enacted and we are currently facing major threats on three fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  2. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  3. The assisted suicide lobby has brought foward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch these extreme anti-life changes become a reality.

As you can see, while we have won our most recent battle, we continue to be facing a very large challenge on life issues in the UK over the next couple of months – and we will be facing this across multiple fronts.

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