13 days to go…. Mass appeal….. Today’s Post:
A Letter not printed, a question not asked….
13 days to Ireland’s referendum on abortion….
Mass appeal….please go to the home page for more info. on Sr. Briege McKenna’s appeal…. http://www.massandfastforireland.com
A Letter not printed, a question not asked....
The following is a letter which was submitted to the Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner newspapers over a week ago, but which has not been printed.
It highlights a really important question that has never been asked of the pro-repeal obstetricians who are agitating for on demand abortion here while stating that the 8th amendment ties their hands clinically…..
Calling out pro-repeal obstetricians on on demand abortions…
The majority of Irish obstetricians and gynaecologists have advocated for repeal of the 8th amendment. Some have given expert testimony to the Oireachtais / parliamentary health committee on abortion and the public. Many trained or worked abroad at pre-consultant or consultant level, usually in the U.S. or U.K., where abortion on demand, even in the last trimester, is permissible in certain circumstances.
Did these pro-repeal obstetricians, in particular, those who appeared as expert witnesses and regularly in the media, stating that the 8th amendment ties their hands clinically, perform terminations of pregnancy routinely according to the grounds and gestational limits of the jurisdictions they worked in abroad or did they invoke conscientious objection rights (which who knows, might affect career prospects)? If not, surely that would be relevant to know given they would steer us in favour of liberalisation of the law?
Though silence on this is understandable to avoid negative reaction, we are nonetheless being asked to trust their professional opinion on the 8th. Is it not an omission or even disingenuous to neglect to state if true, that one is pro-choice, upfront to the Oireachtais and the public? In particular one’s experience of performing abortions on demand, (ground C is the mental health risk, so called ‘social abortion’ ground, responsible for 97% of 180,794 U.K. abortions in 2016: in total there have been 9 million UK abortions to date) or ground E: abortions for severe disability, including Down’s Syndrome (or whatever the equivalent is in whatever U.S. state one worked in).
There are activists in all walks of life. If you are a pro-choice obstetrician, performing abortions is activism and the U.K. and U.S. colleges of Obstetrics and Gynaecology both advocate for further liberalisation. (The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, recently voted for total decriminalisation to birth).
Could all our obstetricians now clarify, under what circumstances, in the past they performed abortions? They rightly command enormous respect and exert great influence over the current debate, but given the enormity of what is at stake, it is only fair to enquire, as otherwise an inaccurate picture of objective impartiality while advocating for repeal because one’s beliefs in right to access abortion on demand, may have been presented to our Oireachtais and public.