The pro-abortion PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL tabled by Socialist Party TD Clare Daly, which will come before the Dail (Irish Parliament) this week, proposes to overturn Ireland’s constitutional protection of the unborn, and to imprison pro-life counselors.
The so-called Medical Treatment Bill if passed would legalize abortion up to birth in cases where the woman's life is in danger, or if she is threatening suicide. This bill, which is more radical than the 1967 UK Abortion Act, would even allow doctors to perform an abortion without a woman's consent and allow abortions on underage girls without their parents' or guardian's consent. It also places limitations on conscientious objection as it seeks to force doctors to refer women for abortion.
The Bill attacks democratic freedoms by targeting pro-life groups or individuals who engage in sidewalk counseling. The bill would make it an offense to talk to a woman going for an abortion with the intention of encouraging her to change her mind, imposing prison terms of up to a year and fines of up to £2000.