Friday 20 April 2018

O'Doherty: US abortion scandal will cause ripple here too

Controversy: A planned Parenthood rally in America
Controversy: A planned Parenthood rally in America
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Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It might seem rather odd that a health-care scandal in America could have a direct legislative impact on Ireland, but the Planned Parenthood scandal will undoubtedly play a loud and unwelcome role in our debate over abortion in this country.

For those of you who aren't aware of the story (and the mainstream press has been predictably quiet), Planned Parenthood is a 100-year-old American women's health organisation which is the largest abortion provider in America and receives half-a-billion dollars a year in federal funding.

A long-standing target for pro-life Americans, it's facing renewed calls for its federal funding to be cancelled since undercover video footage emerged last week of Planned Parenthood doctors haggling over the price of organs harvested from aborted foetuses.

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