Earlier this week, long-standing British MP, Nadine Dorries, penned a very striking piece in the Daily Mail about the profound impact being present for a late-term abortion had on her as a young nurse.

Dorries wrote the piece in response to attempts being made to fully decriminalise abortion in the UK and the push at present by two Labour MPs – Dame Diana Johnson and Stella Creasy – to legalise abortion on request up to birth. 

In her article, Dorries says: “When I was a young nurse of 18, I experienced something that changed me profoundly. My months on the gynaecological ward had been the happiest and most rewarding of my short career — until one day, when I was asked to help during the termination of a pregnancy at 27 weeks.”

She describes how the aborted baby boy “was dropped in a bedpan, and the ward sister handed him to me, saying: ‘Take this into the sluice room and leave it there until I come. Stay with it.’ As I closed the sluice-room door, I removed the paper covering from the bedpan. I have never forgotten what I saw. There lay a tiny baby boy, blinking, covered in mucus, blood and amniotic fluid, gasping for breath, his little arms and legs twitching. I was shocked to my core. Weeping, I rocked the bedpan in my arms. I wanted to pick him up but he was so small, I didn’t know how to. After a minute or so, I couldn’t bear it any longer, and I was about to run for help when I heard the ward sister’s unmistakable footsteps approaching. As she took the bedpan from me, he stopped breathing. I checked my fob watch: a little boy had been born, lived and died in the space of seven minutes. Mine was the only face he saw, my sobs the only sounds he heard. Distressed, I turned to the ward sister and said: ‘He was breathing.’ Through her dark-rimmed glasses she glared at me, saying: ‘No he wasn’t. You didn’t see that.’”

What Dorries recounts is the unedited unvarnished truth of what legalised abortion entails. It is the truth that so many politicians are not prepared to face – including the person likely to be sworn in as Taoiseach in the coming weeks, Simon Harris.

It’s hard to read the harrowing words Nadine Dorries wrote. But we need to ponder them deeply and after doing so, resolve to challenge the lies and veil that’s drawn over the truth of what happens where abortion is legal. Making a point of encouraging family and friends to ‘think pro-life’ before they vote in the upcoming elections is another very valuable way we can effect positive change. What a difference having more pro-life TDs, Senators and local councillors elected would make.