Saturday, May 05, 2007

Abortion update.

After two days in court the HSC has performed a U-turn.

From to days Independent

"HEALTH chiefs yesterday performed a dramatic u-turn, revealing that they would not stand in the way of a teenage girl who wants to go to England for an abortion.

Even though they moved quickly to stop the 17-year-old last month, lawyers told the High Court they were now prepared to let her travel under certain conditions.

No indication was given if and when the teenager, known only as Miss D, will apply to leave.

In the strongest signal yet that the D case could be resolved without a repeat of the public tumult that followed in the wake of the X case abortion saga, lawyers for the Health Services Executive agreed it would be in the best interests of the girl to travel to England if she received district court approval to do so.

Miss D, the 17-year old whose baby is suffering from the fatal brain condition anencephaly, was not present in court for day two of the High Court action as she is unwell.

In her absence, the HSE said it would be willing to make an application to the district court to allow Miss D to travel.

It said it would agree that travel for the purpose of a termination would be in her best interests if a district court judge was satisfied the girl had considered her decision carefully, preferably after counselling."

Okay, so they decided to be humane, next question is why are we still exporting our problems to the UK?

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14 Comments:

Blogger Fat Sparrow said...

"next question is why are we still exporting our problems to the UK?"

Because then you don't have to deal with the real issue.... Also known as the "Why we invaded Iraq instead of Saudi Arabia" problem.

9:59 p.m.  
Blogger Jagd Kunst said...

All the problems in my life have been imported from the UK. Count yerselves lucky.

4:26 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ah Fat Sparra, the old duck and cover, I see. Very popular.
All my problems are lilac and drive themself to my home, Jagd.
My word I have a monster headache and now the Paramour informs me that I made drunken plans last night to meet a gal in town this very morning. WHY O WHY do I think things are a good idea when I'm three sheets to the wind? WHY?

9:55 a.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Keeping abortion illegal allows the state to claim some sort of moral high ground. They don't care that women are financially and psychologically taxed by having to go to the U.K. The policy states in no uncertain terms that they don't care about women's health or basic civil rights.

As for making drunken plans, I would cancel it right away, apologize, and crawl back into bed. Your friend is probably hung over, too.
Hydrate!

3:45 p.m.  
Blogger Flirty Something said...

Would like to know how much this debacle has cost and will anyone get fired ?

12:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Avril said...

yes a u turn by the high court, but a spanner in the works from the district court - only in her best interests if she recieves their approval to do so, which is not forthcoming today Monday 7th. For me this dabacle is not about abortion right or wrong, but the "in locus parentis" responsibilities of the HSE.
In this instance they have undoubtably breached the boundaries.

5:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Avril said...

typo sorry! should read in loco parentis not in locus parentis -
silly me.

5:03 p.m.  
Blogger Sassy Sundry said...

Because men don't get that reproductive issues are complicated.

9:40 p.m.  
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