Anti-abor­tion protest at Our Lady of Lour­des

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

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.

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