Debate continues on the Senate on the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill 2013 with the Government rejecting proposed amendments for rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality all of which are unconstitutional according to James Reilly and to include them would mean that any legal challenge to the bill would succeed and the bill would fall.
Controversy arose during the debate on the second stage when Senator Jim Walsh reminded the Senate that, “human life is inviolate from conception to natural death” and continued by describing the consequences of abortion for post abortive women. Broken relationships are common. Flashbacks may occur, sometimes when passing hospitals or clinics. There may be alcohol abuse, or drug abuse or “sexual promiscuity and other forms of addiction”.
Senator Walsh included case histories such as those of a woman cutting her wrists 17 years after the event; a 16-year-old on her 10th overdose; a 50-year-old suffering severe depression; and a 25-year-old man who “starts using hallucinogenic drugs to get in touch with his lost child”.
Senator Walsh criticised the “sanitised language” to which people are prone in the abortion debate and went on to describe how abortions are actually carried out.
the cervix is dilated and a suction pump inserted, limbs are pulled out and, with a clamp, “tear out the spine, intestine, heart and lungs”. That “white gelatinous material” is the brains. “Many times a little face will come out and stare back at you.”
“Colleagues, that is what you are being asked to vote for,” stated Walsh, before finishing with a poem about an aborted baby crying on its way to the incinerator.
Needless to say the pro-abortion lobby was furious and the media have been exploiting both the intervention and the responses