Today The Minister for Health Simon Harris was joined by Dr. Rhona Mahony and Dr. Fergal Malone, who have joined the Government’s campaign to use the problem of the importation of abortion pills to win votes in the Minister’s effort to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Commenting on this lawyer and LoveBoth spokesperson, Caroline Simmons stated during a press conference as follows:
“Today we were told by 2 obstetricians that women who have taken the abortion pills are afraid to present themselves to maternity hospitals.
Yet, instead of acting to address this problem, Minister Simon Harris has cynically used these doctors and the issue of abortion pills generally to express a new found concern about the health risks associated with them. However, if one looks at the website funded by the Department of Health to tackle public health problems, ‘healthpromotion.ie’ you will find every topic from obesity to smoking but no mention of abortion pills.
Additionally, this Government welcomed Google’s restrictions on advertising for the referendum, but the government has made no effort whatsoever to ask Google to ban websites which allow people to import abortion pills.
If the minister was really concerned about abortion pills and the problem they represent he would have done something practical about it such as promoting information about the dangers of abortion pills and resourcing the customs authorities to intercept them.
The Minister must stop cynically using the issue of abortion pills, which are a problem in the United Kingdom where abortion is available, to argue for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. It’s quite clear that repealing the Eighth amendment and introducing abortion on demand will not mean that abortion pills but suddenly become legal, that the problem of the importation and use of abortion pills will suddenly disappear.”
People deserve actual solutions to the problem of abortion pills, not the removal of all rights from the unborn child which will not solve the problem.”