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Irish politician calls for maternity pay for women who have abortions

4 March 2019

 
The maternity and infant scheme entitles women to free antenatal care - should it also apply to abortions?

Ireland is also set to export abortion through aid

An Irish TD has called for women to get full pay when they take time off work to have an abortion.

Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle said that the existing maternity and infant scheme (which entitles pregnant women to free visits with their GP and obstetrician) could be extended to grant time off work for women having an abortion. "Ultimately, it's the only way to ensure full pay because some employers don't pay sick pay at all," he said. "Some mechanism needs to be set up to ensure they get some form of sick pay."

Free abortions in paid healthcare system

Just 24 hours after Ireland's constitutional protection of the unborn ended with President Michael D Higgins' signing into law of the referendum result, Health Minister Simon Harris announced that abortion would be provided free on the health service, at the expense of the tax-payer.

Unlike in the UK, under Ireland's two-tier healthcare system, nearly 70 per cent of the population have to pay fees for healthcare services. A trip to accident and emergency costs €100, a stay in hospital €80, and a GP visit €45-75. Abortion, which is available on demand up to 12 weeks without reference needed to the woman's health, is provided free of charge. A TD who tabled an amendment to try and prevent tax-payer funding of abortion was subject to vicious personal attacks.

Exporting abortion overseas

It was also reported over the weekend that the ban on Irish money being used to fund abortions overseas is likely to be lifted in the wake of the referendum result. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it will launch a new initiative on "sexual and reproductive health and rights" in the developing world as part of the work of Irish Aid, the development aid programme of the government. The department said it was "analysing the implications of the changes in our national legislation" for the work on sexual and reproductive rights. 

Less than a year after removing their own constitutional protection from the unborn, the Irish Government are planning to export abortion to other countries.

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  • Louise

    4 March 2019, 6:07pm

    If the concern is about sick pay then sort that problem, don’t essentially pay women for aborting their children. As is said time and time again abortion is a choice so choose to take time time off work if that’s what you want.

    This is yet another ploy by a politician to gain votes. Giving birth, having a life outside of you’re own and having an abortion are two very different things. An abortion removes the responsibility of having a child. Why should women who remove a child from their life be entitled to the same as women who have, love and care for their child. This makes no sense. After an abortion you can return to work after a few days, after having a baby...Eh no! If there happens to be mental health repercussions from having the abortion maybe that should have been assessed prior to the abortion taking place. It’s tet another reason why abortion on demand is appalling.

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  • Jeremy

    4 March 2019, 8:56pm

    I remember God telling me once that things were going to get a lot worse before they get better.
    The good thing is that this means that they are going to get better.

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