Tuesday, 18th September 2018
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The Medical Alliance for the 8th welcomes and endorses the views expressed recently by consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists including Prof. Eamon McGuinness, Dr. Michael O'Hare and Dr. Mary Holohan that the 8th Amendment does not hinder their ability to provide safe maternal care to pregnant women.

We wish to express our grave concern at the misinformation being publicly disseminated by pro-abortion advocates in their attempts to misrepresent the 8th Amendment.

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion but facts speak for themselves. As pointed out by Dr. Michael O'Hare chairman of the Joint Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/HSE working group on maternal mortality our excellent maternal mortality figures give the lie to the claim that the 8th Amendment has endangered women's lives.

Three independent reports into the tragic death of Mrs. Savita Halappanvar found that the cause of her death was overwhelming sepsis which initially went undetected and untreated. Tragically such deaths occur also in other jurisdictions, including those with legalised abortion. To suggest that removing the 8th Amendment will mean that no woman will in the future die of sepsis is a cynical misrepresentation of the facts.

However proposed repeal of the 8th Amendment is not primarily a medical issue. It is about legalising abortion on request, and introducing an abortion regime more liberal than the UK where one in five pregnancies ends in abortion.

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