The era of “choice” has begun in the formerly-Catholic nation of Ireland, and by “choice,” that means Catholic hospitals being forced to perform abortions.
Earlier this week, the Irish Examiner reported that Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will seek to bar Catholic hospitals from opting out of abortion. The announcement comes just weeks after the country voted overwhelmingly to repeal the country’s Eighth Amendment, which protected unborn children from an abortionist’s forceps.
According to Varadkar, the opt-outs will only be available to nurses and doctors, though they will be required to refer women for abortions regardless of their convictions. Hospitals will have no exemption.
“It will not, however, be possible for publicly funded hospitals, no matter who their patron or owner is, to opt of providing these necessary services which will be legal in this state once this legislation is passed by the Dail and Seanad,” Varadkar said. “I’m happy to give you that assurance.”
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