57 days to go….Mass appeal….the two doctor model of abortion (part 1)

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to Ireland’s referendum on abortion on May 25th where voters decide whether to repeal / remove the pro-life 8th amendment to the constitution which gives equal protection to mother and child, or to keep it.

This post is in two parts:

(1): SR BRIEGE MCKENNA’S APPEAL: FOR MASSES FOR IRELAND AND FOR THE 8TH AMENDMENT.

(2): THE TWO DOCTOR MODEL AND THE UK: HOW DOES IT WORK: PART 1?

(1): SR BRIEGE MCKENNA’S APPEAL: FOR MASSES FOR IRELAND AND FOR THE 8TH AMENDMENT.

Everyday, we promote Sr. Briege McKenna’s appeal for Masses to be said privately or publicly in parishes in reparation for Ireland’s turning from God and for protection of the 8th amendment.  August last year in Knock, she said, ‘if Ireland votes for abortion, Ireland is lost.’ Please consider getting Masses said locally or through this link to ACN:

http://www.acnireland.org/masses or call 018377516.

Alternatively Human Life International Ireland have a 1000 Mass campaign for protection of the unborn and reparation for Ireland’s turning from God…

https://humanlife.ie/1000masses/community/add

 Most importantly: can you with other parishioners organise one or more Masses / half-days or days of prayer with medically safe fasting in your parish?

 

(2): THE TWO DOCTOR MODEL AND THE UK: HOW DOES IT WORK?(part 1)

Under the 1967 Abortion Act, a pregnancy can be terminated legally if two doctors agree that the physical or mental health of the child or the woman is in jeopardy. The act makes clear that they must sign to certify that they formed the opinion “in good faith”.

In 2014, a story broke in the UK on May 5th 2014, on the scandal of pre-signing of consent forms for abortions. It emerged that the Care Quality Commission, the health watchdog, tasked with checks on hospitals and clinics, had discovered that up to 70 doctors in a series of checks they made on abortion providers, had pre-signed consent forms which is against the 1967 act. Of note, the practice only came to light because of an exposé of gender selective abortions by the Telegraph newspaper.  . (1):

A cross-party group of MPs wrote to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner asking for a criminal investigation following a statement by the health minister Earl Howe in the House of Lords that there should be prosecution. In their letter, the MPs stated: “As it is impossible to come to a medical judgment without knowing any of the details of a patient’s case, pre-signing is considered illegal.”

Niall Dickson, chief executive and registrar of the GMC / General Medical Council, said the 67 physicians were acting “against the law” but insisted no patients had come to harm as a result. He claimed the practice of pre-signing the forms had become widespread but was “unacceptable” and vowed to “bring this unlawful and unacceptable practice to an end”.

Mr. Dickson, also said this was partly due towide-reaching changes in clinical practice’ since the 1967 Act was drawn up.

He said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had looked into two pre-signing cases and concluded it was not in the public interest to pursue the individuals concerned.

The GMC refused to bring any Fitness to Practice hearings as it was felt the practice was so widespread and that no one had in fact been harmed in the cases mentioned. So it refused to name the doctors or describe their positions. Mr. Dickson further stated:

 “We demanded and obtained assurances from all the doctors identified in the inspections that they would no longer pre-sign these forms. We also made it clear that there would be severe consequences if doctors ignored our guidance in this area. Inspections by the Care Quality Commission since that investigation took place have found that the practice has now stopped.”

So checks by the Care Quality Commission / CQC, suggest that the practice of pre-signing of consent forms by doctors has stopped. That would suggest to many that before the woman consents to the procedure, the doctor has not already signed the consent form without bothering to see her.

One might now be assured in reports by the CQC on different abortion facilities that women are finally being seen again by two doctors who determine that their health is in jeopardy mentally or physically ‘in good faith’ before consenting her.

No doubt, if the above scandal was raised by the pro-life lobby here in Ireland, it would be pointed out that the system of checks and balances is in fact working in the UK as the abuse was picked up and stopped and that in any case the UK is another jurisdiction.”

What the response of the UK government and abortion providers were to the GMC rebukes is tomorrow’s post….

(1): https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10807990/Pre-signing-abortion-forms-is-illegal-General-Medical-Council-admits.html

 

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