AMERICAN PHYSICIANS GROUP'S OPEN LETTER TO IRELAND'S MINISTER OF JUSTICE
By Dr. Patrick Johnston, DO, Director, Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians
January 28, 2015
An article on LifeSiteNews.com ominously reads, “’We’re under seige’: Pro-life leaders say politicians want to force abortion on Northern Ireland.” The Northern Irish Minister of Justice, David Ford, appears to be disregarding the wisdom of life-affirming testimony and appears set to open the door to legalizing the killing of Irish babies conceived through rape, or who have a “lethal abnormality.”
The United States of America was once a country like Ireland that respected life in its laws. Killing preborn children was once the crime of murder, as it rightly should be. When our Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions all across this nation in 1973, they brought great bloodguilt upon this nation. Please learn from our horrific mistake, Mr. Ford. Do not bring national judgment upon future generations of Irish people!
You – the Irish Minister of Justice – appear to be persuaded by the need for abortion in cases of rape. So it was in this country. The Supreme Court case that opened the door for abortion in this nation – Roe versus Wade – focused on a woman who claimed she was raped; the Court concluded her “right to privacy” included a right to abortion, completely disregarding the science proving the humanity and viability of preborn children in their natural environment, and completely disregarding their constitutionally protected right to life. When Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” of Roe versus Wade went public that she lied before the High Court about being raped, the High Court refused to reconsider its erroneous decision. The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t care about truth and wasn’t motivated by compassion. Rape is a violent crime against an innocent person, and a violent crime against an innocent person is never remedied by another violent crime against another innocent person! The Supreme Court exploited the crime of rape to dehumanize an entire class of people and legalize their killing and exploitation. Now, abortion has become legal not only in cases of rape, but for every conceivable excuse. Do not think that you are beyond this slippery slope. If you begin to stain your hands with innocent blood, you will not be able to easily wash them off. You may surround yourself with medical and legal experts to help you develop your position, but please remember, no honesty or sincerity can be expected from murderers. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision and the fifty states’ foolish acceptance of its validity, 55 million babies have been slaughtered in this nation, all of them with beating heartbeats and measurable brain waves. Please do not walk in our footsteps, Mr. Ford. We are guilty of a great crime against humanity, and deserve national judgment as a result.
You – the Irish Minister of Justice – appear to be influenced by the medical community’s testimony that abortion is necessary in rare cases of fetal anomaly or when abortion is a threat to the mother’s life. This argument has unfortunately comprised even historically virtuous pro-life organizations in this country, but their fatal compromise began on the foundation ofabandoning the divine commandment “Thou shalt not kill”. They allowed emotion and faulty science to dissuade them from divine truth. I discourage you from following their bad example. It is never justified to intentionally kill an innocent human being. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, knew this, which is why in his Hippocratic Oath he and his genre of ethical physicians promised, “I will not give a deadly drug if asked, neither will I give an abortive remedy.” We should do everything we can to provide compassionate care to the ill mother and her preborn child, and it may be necessary to induce a premature delivery to save the mother’s and the baby’s life, but it is never necessary to intentionally kill a preborn child. That’s not healthcare – that’s barbaric.
This opinion that abortion is never necessary in healthcare is shared by the Association of Pro-Life Physicians, the American Association of Pro-Life Physicians, Personhood USA and all their state affiliates, American Right to Life, the Catholic Medical Association, the Hippocratic Registry, and the Christian Medical Association. Ireland’s very own Dublin Declaration stated well, “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman. We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of her unborn child.”
Longstanding U.S. Congressman and obstetrician Ron Paul said he never saw an abortion that was medically necessary. Former Surgeon General Everett Koop said that abortion was “not needed to save the life of the mother.” He wrote, “In my thirty-six years in pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.”Even Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Alan Guttmacher acknowledged, “Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life.”
You – the Irish Minister of Justice – appear to think that abortion may be necessary in “hard cases” for the emotional or physical well-being of women. When renown U.S. physician Bernard Nathanson went public that he lied in his claim before our Supreme Court that thousands of women were dying annually from illegal abortions, our High Court refused to reconsider their faulty decision on abortion. Regardless of how physicians and ethicists who testify before you may be hailed as experts, honor the counsel from Scripture and “walk not in the counsel of the ungodly”.
If your experts are willing to justify the bloodshed of one innocent Irishman, let them not tarry for a moment in your sight. Seek the counsel of those who fear God and whose testimony is thereby trustworthy. Objective, honest testimony would confirm the right to life and equal justice for the least of Ireland’s children. Contrary to popular belief, abortion is not safer than childbirth, according to several large studies published by the American Association of Pro-Life Ob/Gyns. Abortion greatly increases risk of maternal morbidity, including infertility and preterm labor in future pregnancies, and even increases the risk of maternal death by 191% according to one study. Moreover, abortion, it has been shown, has been a cover-up for crimes such as rape and incest. Having an abortion drastically increases the risk of breast cancer and suicide.,  Maternal morbidity and mortality rates are half of your neighbor England’s, where abortion is legal. Your maternal death rates are the lowest in the world, where you presently justly consider abortion a crime against humanity.
“Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you.” (Ezekiel 35:6)
Please, Mr. Ford, learn from the mistakes of the United States. Do not bring divine judgment upon your nation. Zealously protect the children – “the least” of God’s children – as if they collectively represented the future freedom of Ireland. Indeed, they do.
leaders set to impose bloodguilt on nation through legalizing abortion.
2. Northern Ireland’s Minister of Justice justifies abortion for rape.
3. Supreme Court refuses to reconsider McCorvey’s and Cano’s cases.
4. When Does Human Life Begin? by the Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians
5. The Holy Bible, Numbers 35:30-33.
6. Are There Rare Cases When Abortion Is Necessary? by the Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians.
7. The Dublin Declaration.
8. The Case for Legalized Abortion Now, Alan Frank Guttmacher, January 1, 1967.
9. Dr. Bernard Nathanson admits fictitious numbers given to the Supreme Court in Roe case.
10. The Holy Bible, Psalm 1:1.
11. Abortion is not safer than childbirth.
12. Abortion as a cover-up for rape and incest.
13. In a large majority of worldwide studies on abortion-breast cancer link, the vast majority of the studies confirm breast cancer risk by greater than a 95% confidence interval level, proving a high degree of certainty.
14. Abortion drastically increases the risk of suicide.
15. Maternal death rates lowest in abortion-free Ireland - Ireland’s maternal morbidity and mortality rates half of England’s