The abortion of a child at the National Maternity Hospital after a wrongful diagnosis may have been carried out illegally.
That’s according to the parents of the child who had their case raised in the Dáil yesterday by Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín.
During Taoiseach’s questions, Deputy Tóibín said the couple have alleged that the medical practitioners who signed off on the abortion never examined or met the mother in advance of the abortion.
“If that is the case, it is contrary to the law brought in by the Government and it is illegal,” said Mr Toibin.
He also said the couple, “are shocked by allegations that the medical professionals signing off on the abortions have a commercial interest in the companies that produced the fatally insufficient test”. They were further “shocked to hear that the State Claims Agency will indemnify the private company that carried out the fatally insufficient tests.”
Mr Tóibín added that the family have said “their calls for an independent investigation have been ignored by the Government and that they have had no real input into the terms of reference of the internal review which the Government is planning.”
In addition, he said, “they are furious with the Taoiseach for stating in the Dáil that this is a confidential issue.”
“They believe he is seeking to sweep this illegal abortion under the carpet”.
He then pointedly asked the Taoiseach: “Will the Government change the law, institute guidelines and carry out a fully independent investigation?”
The Taoiseach refused to be drawn on the matter except to say that it was his understanding that Minister for Health Simon Harris “wants and expects an external inquiry into the facts of the case to be carried out”.