Boots (the chemists) have announced that they are now providing – selling – the ‘morning-after’ pill without prescription in branches throughout Ireland. They claim they are able to do this because of a loophole in the relevant legislation in Ireland, allowing them to sell the pill here. Up until now, the ‘morning-after’ pill was obtainable only on prescription from a doctor, but Boots say that a doctor who is part of their organisation in the UK has given a ‘general’ prescription permission and that this will suffice to allow them to sell the pill ‘over the counter’, and without a specific doctor’s prescription.
As is well known, the ‘morning-after’ pill can actually act as an abortifacient, that is, it can cause an abortion at a very early stage in the life of the newly-conceived baby. So – in practically every Boots chemist shop throughout Ireland it is now possible to obtain medication that will cause an abortion, without a prescription. The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) is concerned about the decision – but we must ask is this for all the right reasons? The ICGP appear to be worried only that ‘dispensing emergency contraception in this way’ raises ‘issues about quality and continuity of care' and while this is of course a genuine concern, they do not appear to be worried that the ‘morning-after’ pill can cause an abortion of a living human being.
Despite the weakening of the Irish constitution by supreme court decisions the action by Boots could still be in contravention of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution but in addition it contravenes section 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act (1861), which states: ‘Whosoever shall unlawfully supply or procure any poison or other noxious thing, or any instrument or thing whatsoever, knowing that the same is intended to be unlawfully used or employed with intent to procure the miscarriage of any woman, whether she be or be not with child, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.’
"Coming so soon after the ruling of the European court in the A, B and C case, Boots' decision shows just how rapidly the threat to unborn children is spreading in Irish society. Pro-life organizations and individuals can only hope to defeat these attacks by working together to defend all human life from the moment of fertilisation. If a referendum is to be offered pro-life people should insist that the wording of any new amendment should include protection for all unborn children regardless of the circumstances of their conception.
“The manufacturers of the so-called morning after pill claim it does not cause an abortion but they contradict themselves. The website of the manufacturer of the Plan B pill states: ‘Plan B temporarily stops the release of an egg from the ovary, prevents fertilization, prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.’ However, the manufacturer’s website continues: ‘Plan B is not an abortion pill—if you take plan B you will not be terminating a pregnancy. If you are already pregnant and take plan B, there’s no evidence that plan B will harm you or the fetus…’
“Statements like this are used to make people believe that the morning after pill doesn’t destroy an unborn human life. Saying ‘Plan B prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus’ is just another way of saying it may cause the newly conceived embryo to die because it cannot implant itself in the lining of the womb. The term ‘a fertilised egg’ is misleading. Once fertilization takes place the result is a new embryo and therefore a new unique human life. For this reason, the use of Plan B may violate an unborn child’s constitutionally guaranteed right to life."Boots are co-operating in the holocaust of abortion, and causing new life to be destroyed in Ireland.
What can we do about this situation – the denial of the human right to life on the part of this large and influential chain of chemist shops?
There is one thing that we can do, and that is to boycott Boots shops everywhere in Ireland, and tell your family, relations and friends why they should do likewise.
Don’t so much as buy a hair-clip or a toothbrush in Boots! A boycott is more effective when a store becomes aware of your reasons for not shopping with them so please let them know, they can be contacted on the following link BOOTS