Publication of Flawed Abortion Bill Does Nothing to Protect Women or Children – Ó Domhnaill

Letterkenny General Hospital to become an Abortion Clinic


“Labour Party view this Bill as only First Step – as outlined today by the Party’s Seanad Leader”

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, has today (Thursday, June 13th 2013) described the Government’s decision to approve the publication of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill as a sad day for women and the Unborn Child in Ireland.

Senator Ó Domhnaill today said; “The Bill proposes that a termination can be carried out without any time limit whatsoever in 19 Irish public Hospitals with obstetric units. This includes Letterkenny General Hospital and Sligo General Hospital.”

Reacting to the publication of the Bill the Donegal Senator said;

“There is no evidence that abortion benefits someone who is suicidal. Indeed the medical evidence is of increased harm, with a subsequent increase in mental health issues, subsequent suicide and substance abuse. It is important to point out that both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice campaigners are in agreement on this. In fact, one of those in agreement, DM Finnegan who is one of the leaders in this area, having published widely, describes himself as a “radical, pro-choice, atheist”.”

“Finnish Studies looked at all their Registers between 1987 and 1994 and found no cases of suicide in pregnancy but a 3 fold increase in suicide in the first year after abortion. Importantly, this information together with other expert medical evidence was not available to the Supreme Court in 1992, which made its recommendation on the opinion on a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist. In no other branch of medicine would you legislate for a treatment that has been shown to be in effective, obsolete and which brings about an increase in the suicide rate post abortion.  The girl in the C case made further suicide attempts post abortion.” Said Ó Domhnaill.

“A recent study by the Institute of Psychiatrists found that 89% of psychiatrists stated that abortion is not a treatment for suicidal ideation in pregnancy. In fact Dr. Veronica O’ Keane, Consultant Psychiatrist has stated on Prime Time that “abortion is not a treatment for suicide but is a treatment for an unwanted pregnancy”. “

“Therefore I must seriously question the flawed nature of this Bill and the question must be posed; are we as legislators not bound to legislate in accordance with best medical practice. It’s unacceptable that the Government are asking legislators to legislate based on outdated medical knowledge.”


“Surely the appropriate immediate treatment of any person who is suicidal is to ensure their safety and this may entail admission to Hospital, adequate care, nursing and social support as indicated by the case history and examination of the patient,” concluded Ó Domhnaill.

Posted: Jun 13, 2013     |     Categories: Uncategorized