The abortion agenda has overtaken Northern Ireland and pro-life medical professionals are making their refusal to comply known. The group is asking politicians to make sufficient provisions to allow for conscience rights. Around 135 medical staff, including nurses, doctors, midwives, and pharmacists, signed a statement “indicating that they are unhappy that they may have to participate in abortions in an ‘ancillary, administrative or managerial capacity,’” according to LifeSiteNews.
“It is indeed welcome that healthcare professionals who object to abortion do not have to participate in a ‘hands-on’ capacity in the procedure,” the signatories acknowledged.
“However, for many, requests to act in an ancillary, administrative or managerial task in abortion provision may be equally problematic,” the statement went on.
“Performing such tasks may be key to an abortion taking place and could lead to the professional in question feeling they are complicit in something they believe to be deeply wrong.”
The group is well justified in requesting provision that would provide those opposed to being complicit in the taking of life a way to refuse participation without facing repercussions. It’s one thing to make abortion legal, while still morally and fundamentally wrong, but it’s an entirely different thing to force medical professionals, who participate in the facilitation of abortions in any capacity.
The statement also disclosed that some of the medical staff might be prepared to leave the medical profession altogether if provisions are not made.
LifeSiteNews reports that abortion was decriminalized in Northern Ireland last October ending its era of being the safest place in the UK for the unborn. LifeSite says, “A so-called ‘consultation’ about the planned new abortion services was introduced in November and closed yesterday,” leading to the objections from pro-life medical staff.
Philip Lynn, the development officer for the Northern Ireland branch of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), told LifeSiteNews that “forcing medical professionals to commit abortion violates the foundation of health care in the nation.”
“Abortion, by its very nature, is an act of lethal violence against a child; it is not healthcare,” Lynn said in an email.
“Compelling medical staff to participate in acts of abortion undermines the Hippocratic tradition that underpins medical practice in Northern Ireland, and violates their freedom of conscience as guaranteed by the Human Rights Act 1998,” he pointed out.
The Hippocratic Oath, that doctors vow to uphold, states, “Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.”
Yet, through legislation politicians are literally forcing doctors and other medical professionals to violate this incredibly important pillar of the Hippocratic Oath as well as their consciences and deeply held religious beliefs. To say nothing of their unborn victims’ rights!
“Section 9 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 creates the most extreme abortion regime in Western Europe, which will exclude contentious pro-life medics from an already tottering health system. As such, this legislation cannot be ‘improved’ or reformed: it must be repealed in its entirety,” Lynn concluded.
Niamh Uí Bhriain of Ireland’s Life Institute pointed out that pro-life medical professionals are acknowledging the truth and reality of abortion and their right to act according to their conscience should be upheld.
“Every doctor and medic knows abortion kills a baby, so any regime that tries to force pro-life medical professionals to take part in a life-ending procedure is truly authoritarian,” Uí Bhriain told LifeSiteNews in an email.
The fact that any medical professional can participate in abortions is unfathomable. As Uí Bhriain points out, medical professionals know the truth. Abortion is the ending of life. If doctors are able to end the life of an innocent baby in its mother’s womb, the Hippocratic Oath truly has no merit anymore. It’s just a bunch of ritualistic words to be recited as a rite of passage upon completing medical school, apparently.
“We’re seeing doctors and nurses in Ireland increasingly say they’d rather leave medicine than be forced to play any part in killing an unborn child,” Uí Bhriain continued. It’s encouraging to see so many medical professionals taking a stand against participating in any capacity in the facilitating of abortions.
Pray for the necessary legislative recourse that would allow these medical professionals the ability to continue in their careers without being forced to violate their consciences and for Ireland’s government to quickly reverse course in their institutionalized murder of the unborn.
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