Anti-abortion protest at Our Lady of Lourdes
ANTI-ABORTION protesters gathered at the entrance to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital on Monday morning, following unsubstantiated reports that the first abortion was to take place there.
A small number carried out what they called ‘a peaceful protest’, denying that it might be seen as harassment by patients entering the hospital.
“We are carrying out a peaceful protest, after we came to learn that the first abortion was to take place today,” said protester Charles Byrne.
“A small child is losing its life for no good reason today, and we are standing up for an innocent human being.”
Questioned on what the source of that information was, Mr Byrne said he had no proof it was genuine.
“I actually hope it’s not true, and even if it is false information, we will stand up for all babies in danger of being killed in this hospital.
“We know it has been designated a hospital where they will be carried out, so we will carry out the protests as often as we can, but we have no intention of intimidating anyone.”
The unconfirmed notion that an abortion was scheduled to take place in the Drogheda hospital came from a tweet on Sunday evening.
The Drogheda hospital is one of the designated locations where abortions can be carried out in line with national legislation.
Other hospitals listed on the HSE website include National Maternity Hospital – Holles Street, Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar, University Hospital Galway, Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, University Maternity Hospital Limerick and Cork University Maternity Hospital.
Anne Trainor from Ardee gave birth to all of her four children in Our Lady of Lourdes.