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Subject Latest research documents emotional toll for healthcare workers involved in abortions, Register for the PLC Webinar Next Tuesday, news and much more!👣
Date January 7, 2022 9:00 AM
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7th January 2022
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In this issue:

READ (#1s) : (#1s) Government cannot ignore latest international research documenting emotional toll for healthcare workers involved in abortions (#1)

READ (#chriwt) : Finally! New York Times draws attention to wildly inaccurate prenatal screening tests (#NYT)

READ (#Jeff) : (#2) Abortion provider poses as injured woman’s mother during emergency call after botched abortion (#Jeff)

ACTION AERT: If you didn't manage to do so before Christmas, send a quick THANK YOU to the TDs who supported the Foetal Pain Relief Bill in the Dáil last month (#TYTDS)

REGISTER NOW: Register Now for PLC Network Webinar on Tuesday the 11th of January from 7.30PM to 8.30PM (#Webinar)

APPLY NOW: Virtual Internship with the PLC (#VS)
Government cannot ignore latest international research documenting emotional toll for healthcare workers involved in abortions ()
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An academic review ([link removed]) of 18 studies that interviewed nurses and midwives involved in performing abortions has found that many of them feel “stress, anger, grief”, requiring support and “coping strategies” to continue their day to day work as healthcare professionals.

One of the nurses interviewed said: “It was difficult for me to change my feelings…I assisted with the induced abortion…I cared for the crying woman and aborted foetus. I took the day to grieve and became depressed…and soon after, I assisted with childbirth…I couldn’t truly feel happy, and it was difficult for me to say ‘Congratulations on your newborn baby’ to the mother and family”.

Other nurses and midwives said they needed “moral support… just so you are not alone with the foetus … or alone with [the mother]”. One of the nurses said: “I chose this job to help to create life, not to participate in care involving the termination of pregnancy.”

The review of the 18 studies was carried out in 2021 by researchers from Zhejiang University and Ninghai Maternal and Child Health Hospital in China. Among the other accounts included in the review were nurses and midwives talking about how they were unsure how to dispose of the body of the baby whose life they had just ended, and how to help the women who were often grieving for their babies after the abortion.

In December, when the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, announced the framework of the Government's Three Year Review of Ireland's abortion law, he went to great lengths to stress that the review will only look at things like "ease of access" for abortion and not at the real impact of the new law and the horrific things that have occurred under it.

The narrow and defensive way the Government is approaching the review signals they have no real interest in conducting the "broad consultation" they publicly claim the review will entail.

The research being commissioned by the Government as part of the Three Year Review will be nothing more than a farcical exercise if it doesn't explore in wide-ranging detail the views and concerns of healthcare workers who have been catapulted into an environment that went from always protecting human life to one that now ends human life on a whim.
Finally! New York Times draws attention to wildly inaccurate prenatal screening tests (#1)
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This week, the New York Times reported ([link removed]) on the repeated inaccuracies of non-invasive prenatal screening tests (NIPT), with evidence that certain prenatal genetic tests are wrong up to 93% of the time.

This issue deserves a lot more media attention given the cases that have already arisen under the new abortion law (e.g. Baby Christopher case) and the fact that families have come forward to say they experienced pressure to go down the road of abortion after receiving a prenatal diagnosis suggesting their child had a life-limiting condition.

As the New York Times reported, around a third of pregnant women in the US take these non-invasive screening tests. As the companies involved are in competition with one another, they have created screening tests for additional and increasingly rare conditions — but the tests, though profitable, are not reliable.

The prenatal screening market size is estimated to be somewhere between $600 million to a billion dollars and growing. It is a major scandal the way families are being kept in the dark about the unreliability of these tests while being charged exorbitant sums of money and badgered through slick marketing to opt for the tests.
Abortion provider poses as injured woman’s mother during emergency call after botched abortion ()
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A women in Maryland is suing an abortion provider after suffering massive internal hemorrhaging, a lacerated cervix, a three-inch tear in her uterus after a botched abortion. The medical malpractice lawsuit claims that the late-term abortion performed by Khalilah Jefferson left the woman potentially infertile.

In another twist to the story, it has emerged that when calling the local hospital for emergency back-up, Jefferson pretended that she was the mother of the young woman on who the botched abortion was performed.

It is also claimed that Jefferson tried to finish the abortion procedure without anesthesia, and when the woman’s mother entered the room, she saw Jefferson standing in front of her screaming daughter, holding a bloody forceps. The woman’s mother then called emergency services but Jefferson grabbed the phone and proceeded to impersonate the mother on the call.

Jefferson told the 911 dispatcher she needed an ambulance, and when asked what happened, she became evasive and didn’t answer key questions put to her.

The woman who underwent the abortion is suing Capital Women’s Services in Washington, D.C, Moore ObGyn in Maryland, and Khalilah Jefferson for $30 million.

Jefferson’s impersonation of the mother of the 22 year old woman when speaking to emergency services also forms part of the lawsuit.You can listen to the 911 call here ([link removed]) which features Jefferson.
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If you didn't manage to do so before Christmas, send a quick THANK YOU to the TDs who supported the Foetal Pain Relief Bill in the Dáil last month (#1)
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37 TDs supported the Foetal Pain Relief Bill on 15th December in the Dáil. It's a really positive development and a marked improvement on the 22 TDs who supported a similar bill in 2018.

Please take a few minutes to thank the TDs who opposed the Government's blocking amendment and backed the bill sponsored by Carol Nolan TD and other pro-life TDs.

It's really important to take the time (even 2 minutes!) to say thanks to those who vote the right way in the Dáil.Thank you in advance sending your quick word of encouragement and thanks to these Oireachtas members!

You can access their names and contact details here ([link removed]) .
Register Now for PLC Network Webinar on Tuesday the 11th of January from 7.30PM to 8.30PM (#1)
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Register Now for PLC Network Webinar - Please Note the New Change in Time!

Taking place on the 11th of January from 7.30PM to 8.30PM

The webinar will be discussing Unplanned Pregnancy - Lifting the lid on the lack of positive supports for women.

The webinar will also feature personla stories and in-depth discussion on the Government's MyOptions Freephone Line and much more!

Participation is free but pre-registration is essential. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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APPLY NOW - Virtual Internship with the PLC (#1)

Would you like to experience working with a pro-active Human Rights organisation?

If you would like, APPLY HERE ([link removed]) to our exciting virtual intern programme for students!
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Participants on the programme will have an opportunity to network with other young people and develop skills in advocacy, campaign management and project planning.

Internships run for one-week periods and are suitable for second level (Transition year or older) and third level students.

Each intern will do 4 hours supervised work each day and will be working on areas such as social media, contact with members of the movement nationwide, project planning and contributing to support work for women and their babies.

Internships are not paid, however expenses will be covered.

If you or a family member is interested, please complete the below form and we will be in touch with you presently. Placements are subject to availability.

Thank you!

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