Silence of Government politicians over latest case highlights colossal double standards in abortion debate
The Pro Life Campaign has accused members of the Government of “selective outrage” on the issue of abortion. It follows news that a doctor and two nurses in England have been charged with manslaughter after a woman from Ireland bled to death in the back of a London taxi within hours of undergoing an abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, London.
Commenting on the tragic case, Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign said: “It’s very revealing the way members of the Government have fallen silent over this latest Marie Stopes scandal. It lays bare the colossal double standards at the heart of the abortion debate in Ireland.
“The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar was misused, massively and continuously by certain politicians and journalists to get abortion legislation over the line in 2013. There was little or no regard at the time for the facts of that particular case which showed the real cause of the tragedy in Galway was mismanaged sepsis, not the non-availability of abortion in Ireland at the time.
“In the latest tragedy to come to light, a woman died as a direct result of the treatment she received when undergoing an abortion. But where is the political concern on this occasion from pro-choice politicians? Why the selective outrage? It’s very obvious that some politicians and members of the media are prepared to go to almost any lengths to avoid showing abortion in a poor light. This has resulted in a very one-sided presentation of the abortion issue which in the interests of women and their unborn babies must be challenged,” Ms Sherlock concluded.
The doctor and two nurses charged with manslaughter, Dr Adedayo Adedeji, Gemma Pullen and Margaret Miller, are to appear at Ealing Magistrates’ Court in West London on June 19.