Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Abortion Guidelines

Kitty Holland had a report, 'No guidelines drawn up on abortion despite Act, says watchdog', in The Irish Times, Friday, June 6, 2014, p. 9.
The 'watchdog' in question is the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Here are some paragraphs from the report:
A committee was established last autumn by the Department of Health to draw up clinical guidelines on how to implement the Act. It includes representatives from the department, the Health Service Executive, the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons.

"However, information on the work of the committee has been publicly unavailable and it has yet to issue a report or publish clinical guidelines," says the ICCL.
    The committee has not met since January and no guidelines have been drawn up, according to a senior source. It is understood the delay is partly because a training programme for obstetricians and psychiatrists, on the issue, has not yet been established.
    It is thought moves will be made in coming weeks, to establish a training programme. The College of Psychiatrists and College of General Practitioners have raised concern at the absence of guidelines.
The Minister for Health signed the legislation into law in January and it is understood that no abortions will be carried out in Ireland until the proposed guidelines are in place. On That basis it seems clear that in order to protect the lives of unborn babies the longer the period in which no guidelines exist the better. In the meantime pro-life organisations are still considering how best to overturn the anti life legislation.
The recent local and European elections have shown that the electorate are not happy about the actions of the Government parties on many fronts including the pro-life issue and have moved en masse away from the Labour party whilst at the same time punishing the Fine Gael Party.
Many of the new County Councillors throughout the country are pro-life but sadly the other pro-abortion party Sinn Fein were also a major beneficary of the anger of the electorate.