The abortion debate
Dr O’Grady also writes about cases of fatal foetal abnormality; these are tragic cases indeed. But are they any more tragic than those of young children with conditions which indicate that their life expectancy will be very brief? There is great sadness in both situations, and call for optimum support for parents in both cases. Why should the child in one case be refused legal protection for the duration of its brief life before birth, when a child in the other case has full protection of the law, however often our society may fail in vindicating the rights of children? – Is mise,
Sir, – If a doctor, in spite of repeated warnings and evidence-based advice from peers, were to persist with a dangerous form of treatment which placed the lives of patients at risk, he or she would be rightly struck off the medical register and denied the right to practise.
It is ironic that elected members of the Oireachtas are being threatened with denial of their right to exercise their profession, precisely for opposing a dangerous form of treatment. The Government, with the published Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, is setting out to establish in law a method of treatment for suicidal ideation in pregnancy which is not supported by medical evidence, which places the health of the mother at risk and which will certainly either end the life of her baby or be the cause of possibly catastrophic disability.
As doctors, we must again protest against this Government’s deliberate denial of the facts and remind members of the Oireachtas that, if this Bill becomes law, they cannot transfer responsibility for its outcome to the medical and nursing professions.
It will be their legacy and theirs alone. – Yours, etc,
Dr EILEEN REILLY, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, Galway;
Dr ORLA HALPENNY, GP, Dublin;
Dr SINEAD KELLY, Consultant in Palliative Care, Dublin;
Dr MYLES MONAGHAN, SHO / NCHD Dublin
Dr DEIRDRE GLEESON, Specialist in Occupational Health / GP Kildare
Doctors For Life Ireland,
C/o Millennium Park,