Mother & baby home al­ter­na­tive to abor­tion

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - OPINION -

SIR, Many peoople who voted to re­peal the Eighth Amend­ment were im­pressed with suf­fer­ing women who opted for abor­tion in their se­vere cri­sis preg­nan­cies. The Ir­ish govern­ment now opts for abor­tion on de­mand as a quick-fix so­lu­tion for this prob­lem. The ex­pe­ri­ence of many coun­tries is that this ‘so­lu­tion’ cre­ates many more prob­lems.

As an al­ter­na­tive to this re­cur­ring prob­lem may I sug­gest that the De­part­ment of Health pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive to abor­tion. It could do so in this af­flu­ent age by pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the women so af­flicted – like fi­nance as well as med­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal aid. Even logic cries out that women with their ma­ter­nal in­stincts opt nat­u­rally to love their con­ceived babies.

In by­gone years a cash­strapped govern­ment re­lied heav­ily on nuns to labour in work­houses and mother & baby homes on fru­gal sub­si­dies to care for moth­ers and their in­fants.

Health ser­vices were very sub-stan­dard then, re­sult­ing in high mor­tal­ity rates for in­fants and moth­ers. The De­part­ment of Health could now pro­vide mother & baby homes, with all ser­vices in­cluded, em­pha­sis on pri­vacy for the women, or pro­vide ser­vices for the women who opt to live on their own. When their babies are born, the choice would be to re­tain their babies or place them for adop­tion.

A prac­ti­cal and ben­e­fi­cial spin-off would be that in­fer­tile cou­ples could adopt “un­wanted” babies in Ire­land, spar­ing them the or­deal of trav­el­ling abroad and hav­ing to cope with in­tri­cate le­gal re­stric­tions. Politi­cians should con­sider and de­pate this al­ter­na­tive, as our govern­ment seems to be com­pletely fixed on abor­tion.


(Fr.) Con McGil­licuddy, Sa­cred Heart Res­i­dence, Ra­heny, Dublin.

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