“We encourage families who have been the subject of misdiagnoses to now come forward. This is the reality of what abortion brings.” – Mulroy

A reply to a parliamentary question (PQ) asked by Deputy Peadar Tóibín has revealed that 133 claims have been reported to the State Claims Agency arising from adverse incidents related to legal abortions from 1 January 2019 to 28 February 2023. This includes two cases of babies who were aborted following a diagnosis of a foetal abnormality. Responding to the information contained in the PQ, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson Eilís Mulroy said:

“This revelation is devastating and goes to the heart of the problems associated with our current abortion policy. Of course all babies have a right to life whether they have a life limiting condition or are perfectly healthy, but it is particularly galling to learn of two cases of abortion resulting from misdiagnoses. We know the hardship this causes parents. It is the unfortunate product of a medical system which places no value in unborn human life. We encourage families who have been the subject of misdiagnoses to now come forward. This is the reality of what abortion brings.”

“The 133 cases of adverse incidents are a tragic indictment of Ireland’s abortion regime. It is obvious there are deep flaws inherent in Ireland’s abortion system. Injustices are happening which are not being properly examined or counteracted. The progressing three-year review has been silent on such matters, instead most of the rhetoric surrounding it in the media and from the Minister for Health himself has focused on how to make the abortion regime even more widespread.

“The review must take account of the reality that the present legislation does not guard against adverse incidents such as misdiagnoses, and it must recommend creating a robust system where adverse events can be dealt with quickly and properly. This could be under the aegis of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), which would require amending the Health Act 2007 to empower HIQA to investigate any adverse events that occur in the course of or in connection with the operation of the 2018 abortion law.”

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