Irish Officials Linked to Big Pharma and Big Abortion
It’s a sad day for Ireland, whose citizens have voted to repeal the 8th Amendment, that which ensured protection for the preborn. No longer does she “acknowledge the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantee in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”
Pro-life campaigners have been hampered by an extremely pro-abortion press, vast sums of foreign money funding abortion groups and even politicians apparently deliberately misrepresenting Catholic Church teaching.
Irish Prime Minister, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, supports reform and has stated that Ireland is going to ‘make history.’ He is correct, but not for the reasons he believes in: this day will go down in history as the day the Irish turned their backs on their most vulnerable citizens. [See more here.] Health Minister, Simon Harris, was also in favour of repeal, stating that abortion would make his country ‘more compassionate, more caring, and more respectful.’ That may seem true, perhaps, if you aren’t a child in the womb or a woman who grieves without respite for her loss.
In pro-life circles and beyond, much has been made of the influence of global elites, such as George Soros, to the Yes/Repeal campaign. Soros was also a major player in the Irish referendum on same-sex ‘marriage.’ But less well-known is the corruption plaguing the political scene in Ireland. There is a tangled web of networking, reliance and lowkey relationships that creates an enormous conflict of interest for many top-level government officials. Below, the players in this complicated scene are introduced one by one:
1. Tony O’Brien
Tony O’Brien was Director General of Ireland’s Health Service Executive until only last week, when he stepped down after a long-running controversy. His department’s cervical cancer screening programme, CervicalCheck, gave false negative test results to 209 women, some of whom have developed cancer; 17 have died. The screening programme is now undergoing a review by the government, and several lawsuits are underway.
O’Brien had held the position since 2012, at which time the HSE was restructured amid suggestions that his new appointment had been made ‘behind closed doors.’ Health Minister, Simon Harris publicly thanked O’Brien for his many years of hard work and said that he thought the resignation was O’Brien’s way of fostering public confidence in the health service. Both Harris and An Tsaoiseach Varadkar had defended O’Brien throughout the long-running controversy.
Only a few weeks before his resignation, O’Brien had been accused of a conflict of interest because of his new appointment to the board of Evofem Biosciences, a contraceptive manufacturer based in the US. O’Brien’s love of limiting families is nothing new: in the past, he was Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association and the Chief Executive of the UK Family Planning Association. The Irish Family Planning Association is one of the three pro-abortion groups through which George Soros channelled funds to support the Repeal vote.
2. Evofem and WomenCare
Evofem Biosciences is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to producing tools to assist women in preventing pregnancy and STDs. Their flagship product, Amphora, is in the clinical trials stage. Amphora is a non-hormonal contraceptive gel that also acts to prevents gonorrhoea and chlamydia, two common sexually-transmitted diseases. The US FDA has granted Amphora fast-track designation and also designated it a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) – an attempt to encourage the production of new antibiotics and antibacterials. This is despite one study suggesting that further testing is required, due to irritation associated with application of the gel.
Evofem is even endorsed by the Clinton Foundation – a sure indication that this organisation is a pro-death tool of the global elites. In fact, the board of Evofem reads like a who’s who of global population controllers. Also serving are:
- CEO and President, Saundra Pelletier, who was founding Chief Executive Officer of WomenCare Global International, or WCGI, an international NGO dedicated to women’s reproductive health – aka abortion and abortifacient contraception. Pelletier was once VP with G.D. Searle, who developed the first female birth control pill. One of the main goals of WCGCares (an affiliate of WCGI) is to educate and enable abortion providers, and the group has links to global eugenicists such as the Population Council and Population Services International. Woman Care also markets new contraceptives to developing countries in the name of choice and freedom – contraceptives developed by Evofem.
- Dr Gillian Greer, former Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and once the Executive Director of the Family Planning Association of New Zealand. The IPPF promotes and enables sterilisation programmes, abortifacient contraception and also abortion itself, and prides itself on supplying manual aspirators to midwives in impoverished developing countries. IPPF is, of course, associated with Planned Parenthood – the abortion giant that has been exposed for running an illegal fetal parts trafficking ring.
- Thomas Lynch, chairman of Evofem’s board, and also non-executive chairman of the Ireland East Hospital Group and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Lynch once worked for Warner Chilcott, a huge pharmaceutical company whose US arm paid US$125 million in liability for a health care fraud.
3. Thomas Lynch
Thomas Lynch’s role as chairman of the Irish Hospitals board makes him a surprising candidate for the board of a pharmaceutical company – especially one that also has links to the abortion industry and population controllers. But Lynch was given permission to take up the position by none other than Health Minister, Simon Harris. Harris himself reappointed Lynch to the Hospital Board position, after his previous tenure when he was appointed by then health minister, James Reilly.
Following Lynch’s appointment to Evofem, Fianna Fail leader, Michael Martin, made an accusation in the Dail – stating that Lynch’s relationship with Tony O’Brien may not be ethical. However, Taoiseach Varadkar denied that any conflict of interest existed. The Social Democrats were also concerned, calling for the resignation of Thomas Lynch from his hospital position.
Lynch has powerful friends within the Irish government: he organised a fundraiser for Leo Vardakar during his election campaign, inviting forty wealthy donors to an exclusive, ‘secret’ event in Dublin. At the time, Varadkar was running as a pro-life candidate, and his connection with Lynch caused more than a few ripples. It also means that Varadkar owes a debt to Lynch for procuring funds that helped get him elected, and that Lynch, in turn, owes a debt to Health Minister Harris for both appointing him and defending him after the appointment.
4. Simon Harris
Whenever a pharmaceutical company – or any company – creates a new product, a market has to be found. Reputable businesses will take the legal and ethical route: employing advertising and marketing experts to match the right consumers with their new products. Some re-education may be required in order to wrench an existing product from the consumers’ grip. But over time, the new and hopefully improved product will begin to sell itself and create cash-flow for the developers.
But unscrupulous vendors can find other routes to lucrative markets, by leveraging connections and calling in favours, or even by manipulating the market itself.
And that may be exactly the situation in Ireland. Two months before the referendum took place, Health Minister Simon Harris announced that the government was looking into introducing a free contraceptive scheme. The committee charged with developing a scheme, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, was also to look at policy surrounding (then potential) new abortion law. The committee is chaired by the chief medical officer, Dr. Tony Holahan, another top-level public servant involved in the CervicalCheck debacle.
Is this new contraceptive scheme the market that Evofem has been looking for? And will their contacts with international abortion suppliers enable those eugenic giants to gain a foothold in Ireland?
Someone will need to supply the devices and instruments required to abort Ireland’s hapless young citizens, once the 8th is repealed and new legislation is passed. Most of the abortion performed in the UK on Irish women are in the first trimester: presumably, there will be a large government tender available for both the abortion pill and suction machines. And someone will need to supply contraceptives to the public health service – why not a new product, a revolutionary form of birth control? Both WomenCare Global and the IPPF are experts in the field of abortion, and Evofem is a successful new player on the contraceptive scene. Any government official with a stake in both the health system and the abortion/contraception industry is well-placed to take advantage of this situation.
5. An Taoiseach Varadkar
The Irish government’s abortion connections go right to the top. Leo Varadkar was elected as a conservative on a pro-life platform but apparently had a change of mind and began to support repeal of the 8th Amendment. [See more here.] As mentioned above, during his election campaign, Varadkar was exposed for accepting donations from the pro-abortion Thomas Lynch.
Varadkar is not known for his integrity, nor for true conservative values. He was Health Minister from 2014 to 2016, during which time the CervicalCheck slipups became known. He failed to take action then, and later denied knowledge of the mistakes. He is openly gay, a novelty in Catholic Ireland which only decriminalised sodomy in 1993.
Varadkar claims to changed his mind based on a couple of hard cases of women facing crisis pregnancies. He even stated that someone who is pro-abortion can be pro-life. His logic is as flawed as his loyalty.
Pandora’s Box is Open Now
Regardless of the backroom deals and political favours, the babies of Ireland had the deck stacked against them from the beginning. The media latched onto one or two extreme situations, hard cases which seemed to support reform, but on closer inspection just proved that medical mishaps and human error are possible. – something that doesn’t inspire confidence for those seeking a ‘safe’ abortion. Women who chose to travel to the UK for their abortions were portrayed as having suffered more from the trip than from the reality of having their children killed.
O’Brien and Harris had both stated that the HSE should remain impartial on the referendum. One wonders how that was possible when O’Brien was so obviously dedicated to contraception and abortion. And attempts within the HSE to stifle opinion seemed to have been mostly levelled at the pro-life side.
Still, if the results truly reflect the will of the Irish people, then their bloodlust has won the day.
As for the ruling elite of Ireland, could they possibly have envisaged any other result? An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar can have the last say:
“The people knew what we had in mind, and I don’t think it would be right to depart from that at all.”
Editor, The Freedoms Project
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