Thursday 15 November 2018

Pro-lifers offered cash to help Miss D with pregnancy

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

PRO-LIFE activists offered to financially assist the 17-year old girl at the centre of the Miss D abortion controversy, the Irish Independent has learned.

The individuals, who are opposed to abortion in all circumstances, were one of a small number of groups of people who are alleged to have approached the Health Services Executive.

This was the legal guardian of the teen and they offered to financially support her if she didn't travel for an abortion.

Last night the HSE refused to say if it paid for the termination or if it received offers of financial support from third parties or whether it discussed if it could fund the abortion at all as the Miss D case did not fall within the strict parameters of the 1992 X-Case ruling.

But the Irish Independent has learned that the funding offers were discussed by HSE officials after intermediaries approached the former health board to offer their assistance.

Last week, Miss D returned from England where she opted to have a medical instead of a surgical abortion.

Miss D, who is in the care of the HSE, sought an abortion on learning that her baby suffered from a fatal brain disorder.

She took High Court action after the HSE threat*ened to restrain her from having an abortion by force if necessary.

Care

The HSE said it will continue to offer the teenager the care, emotional and other support which it is "in a position" to make available. It also said that it is a matter for those directly involved in the care of Miss D to determine how any request to communicate with her might be dealt with. The Pro Life Campaign, which said it felt that abortion was not the best option for women, including Miss D, with pregnancies where a foetus has a lethal abnormality, said that it did not make any representations to the HSE or any other group on the matter.

"Individuals, who are pro-life in their outlook, from time to time may attempt to become involved in certain cases," said John Smyth, spokesperson for the PLC.

"But as a group, we would never envisage becoming directly involved in a case and have not done so on this occasion."

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