Update on Ireland: What Are the Facts?

For the international abortion lobby, the whole story was just too convenient to be true: at the very moment when the Irish government is discussing controversial plans to liberalize abortion, a pregnant woman dies in an Irish hospital because she was denied an abortion that would have saved her life. “This is a Catholic country”, the doctors callously told her, so there was no other solution for her than to die at age 31. Upon learning this, thousands of enraged citizens flock to “spontaneous” demonstrations all over the country, shouting their anger at the country’s “retrograde legislation that puts the lives of young women at risk” and (of course!) against the Catholic Church and its nefarious influence in Irish politics.

But what are the facts?

Firstly, Ireland has one of the lowest rates of maternal mortality in the World. While in Ireland only 6 in 100.000 women die of complications related to pregnancy, in the UK the figure is 12 and in the US 21. In both countrie, abortion is legal (and one is tempted to wonder whether that is not one of the reason for many pregnancy related deaths).

Secondly, it now appears that the young woman did not at all die of a complication related to pregnancy. Her autopsy has revealed that she died of blood poisoning and E. coli ESBL, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacterium. E. coli ESBL has recently spread throughout the U.K., causing urinary tract infections which can develop into blood poisoning.

One again, the abortion lobby has erected a monument to its own disingenuity. Sometimes it would be good to simply get the facts before launching an emotional debate that could potentially cost the lives of many women and children…


J.C. von Krempach, J.D. originally wrote this article for Turtle Bay and Beyond, a blog covering international law, policy and institutions. It is sponsored by C-Fam, a non-partisan, non-profit research institute dedicated to reestablishing a proper understanding of international law, protecting national sovereignty and the dignity of the human person. You can visit Turtle Bay and Beyond at www.turtlebayandbeyond.org

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  • Veritas

    O Mother of Salvation

    Pray for your children in Ireland to prevent
    the wicked act of abortion from being inflicted
    upon them.

    Protect this holy nation from sinking deeper into
    despair from the darkness which covers their country

    Rid them of the evil one who wants to destroy your
    children yet to be born.

    Pray that those Irish leaders will have the courage to
    listen to those who love your Son,
    So that they will follow the teachings of Our
    Lord Jesus Christ.


  • Electra

    I think you jumped the gun. The official investigatiom has not started yet, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), date 30 November.