Ireland: Doctors Reject Abortion, Pro-Life Campaign Welcomes Vote

International   Steven Ertelt   Apr 5, 2013   |   1:37PM    Dublin, Ireland

The Pro Life Campaign welcomes votes today by the Irish Medical Organization (IMO) Conference to defeat three motions that would have had the physicians group endorsing abortion.

The motions at today’s IMO conference called for the provision of abortion in Ireland. Dr Berry Kiely of the Pro Life Campaign told LifeNews the vote is helpful to her group’s efforts to stop Ireland from legalizing any abortions.

“While the motions may have appeared restrictive, in reality, they would have allowed for abortion in wide-ranging circumstances as there was no duty of care towards the baby mentioned. It is obvious that doctors recognized this when voting,” she said.

“The language used in the first motion calling for abortion ‘where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother’ was identical to the X Case grounds. That decision made no distinction between life saving treatments to safeguard the life of the mother and induced abortion that directly targets the life of the baby. Members of the medical profession clearly recognise that the X Case heard no medical evidence and has been overtaken by the peer reviewed evidence which shows that abortion is not a treatment for suicidal feelings,” she added.

The pro-life leader added: “The Government has a responsibility to reflect on today’s vote and the expert medical and psychiatric evidence presented at the recent Oireachtas hearings showing that abortion is not necessary to save women’s lives.”

She concluded: “Based on the evidence, it would be irresponsible for the Government to press ahead with legislation on the grounds of the X Case. It would, for the first time, allow for the direct targeting of the lives of the unborn and could be harmful to the health of a significant number of women.”

Last month, a study of every maternal death that occurred in Dublin’s three maternity hospitals between 1950 and 2011 has found that no woman died by suicide because she was pregnant. The study, on suicide in pregnancy, examined the Master’s Reports relating to over 1 million pregnant women linked to the three Dublin maternity hospitals.

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It shows that in total there were 394 maternal deaths. Of these, 5 died by suicide – one died during pregnancy (at 30 weeks gestation), while four died shortly after giving birth.

The study makes it much harder to claim that suicidal pregnant women in the first part of the period under examination were going to Britain for abortions.