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Dr Eileen Reilly
I currently work in a jurisdiction where abortion is legal. It has shaped our culture so that now in the UK there are 200,000 abortions, 98% of which are performed on ground C where healthy babies are aborted on vague mental health grounds-. Everyone with a vote has to ask themselves-: “Is that what you want here? “
Women in a crises feel pressured to abort. Its presented as a quick fix. The right to abort becomes a duty to abort.
We know abortion harms women. There is a growing body of evidence on the pro-life and pro-choice side that shows the detrimental effects on women’s’ mental health. Though we’ll never really know the full story unless we follow women throughout their life. I heard of one woman who phoned the Abortion Recovery Care Helpline on her deathbed trying to make her peace. The phone then went silent – after speaking to one of the counselors she had taken her last breath and died.
But there is hope. Ireland is a safe place to have a baby. The maternal mortality and serious morbidity rate are less than the UK without abortion. Experienced obstetricians have said that the 8th amendment is not an impediment to caring for women with serious illness in pregnancy.
I would urge the people to vote to keep the 8th Amendment. You are privileged to have a say- I never got that chance. Let us expand the support to women in a crises pregnancy to enable and empower them to recognize the humanity of their unborn child. Let Ireland be a beacon of light to the rest of the world and show that there is a better way.
Dr. Eileen Reilly
Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist