PopeWatch: Irish Hospitals

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Well this was predictable:


Publicly-funded hospitals in Ireland will be required to perform abortions, even if they are Catholic and morally opposed to the procedure, the nation’s prime minister announced this week.

A survey on GPBuddy.ie, an online medical directory for Irish healthcare professionals, found that nearly 70 percent of general practitioners say they are unwilling to perform abortions.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar clarified to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) on Monday that individual medical professionals will be able to opt out of performing abortions, but entire hospitals will not be able to do so, now that abortion is being legalized in the country.  

“It will not, however, be possible for publicly-funded hospitals, no matter who their patron or owner is, to opt out of providing these necessary services, which will be legal in this state once this legislation is passed by the Dáil and Seanad (senate),” said Varadkar.

He went on to say that “hospitals like for example Holles Street, which is a Catholic voluntary ethos hospital, the Mater, St Vincent’s and others will be required, and will be expected to, carry out any procedure that is legal in this state and that is the model we will follow.”

A “voluntary” hospital in Ireland is one supported by charitable contributions. Healthcare in Ireland is government-funded and free for citizens. Many publicly-funded hospitals have historic ties to the Catholic Church and operate under Catholic ethics.

Go here to read the rest.  Of course the proper response is for the Irish Church to announce that all Catholic Irish hospitals will be closed down rather than participate in any abortions.  The Pope is visiting Ireland in August.  Will he say anything about it, or will he remain ingloriously silent?

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  1. Accomplices.
    An island full of participants, knowingly or not, are now going to have a stain on their hands and hearts from voting to repeal the 8th.

    Doctors? Time to consider a new line of work. Or relocation. A bloody mess settling in. Can you imagine trying to enjoy your dinner and wine after a 4 pm. abortion you were forced to preform. My guess is Jameson sales will be on the increase.

  2. Voluntary hospitals are particularly vulnerable to a state take-over.

    Being held on charitable trusts and so are, in effect, ownerless.

    In the UK, with the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, most of them were simply vested in the Minister of Health on the appointed day. The only compensation that had to be paid was to the existing trustees for loss of office, usually a very modest sum, reflecting their nominal remuneration.

  3. Theft remains theft MPS, particularly when done by the State. The idea that the State should get a pass on grossly immoral actions simply because it is the State is one of the more charmless superstitions of the modern age.

  4. “Being held on charitable trusts and so are, in effect, ownerless.” Nonsense. A charitable trust is owned by the donors.
    If the donors did not vote for abortion they cannot be forced to do abortions as men are still free to follow their conscience.

  5. Those hospitals must take a stand and refuse to abide by the so-called “law”. Tell the Leftist Irish government and its left wing allies to go to hell. Absent that, request asylum in Poland.

    The crazier Western Europe gets, the saner and tougher Central Europe gets.

  6. It doesn’t surprise me that the Irish government waited until after
    the recent referendum on legalizing abortion to announce this policy.
    I cannot believe Ireland’s feckless bishops were entirely surprised by
    this announcement, however.

  7. Mary De Voe wrote, “A charitable trust is owned by the donors.”

    That is no more true in the case of a charitable trust than of a private settlement.

    The donors transfer ownership to the trustees to be held on the trusts contained in the trust deed.

    If S gives money to T on trust for B, T is the legal owner, B can enforce the trust, but S cannot. In the case of a charitable trust, the beneficiary is the public and it is enforceable by the Lord Advocate, acting in the public interest.

  8. ” In the case of a charitable trust, the beneficiary is the public and it is enforceable by the Lord Advocate, acting in the public interest.”
    Good will for the common good dictates what the Lord Advocate is to do. This whole issue is predicated on the sovereign personhood of the newly begotten innocent soul in the womb after fertilization. When the innocent sovereign person in the womb is acknowledged as the standard of Justice for the people, there can be no abortion nor dispute over who is the most innocent person instituting the government.

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