01
MAR
2016

Letter to the Irish Times on 29th May and Independent on 27th May 2013

To the Editor,

There is grave concern among doctors across the specialties about the proposed legislation for termination of pregnancy in the case of threatened suicide on the part of the mother. Many of us have practised, or are now practising, in jurisdictions where such legislation was the first step towards what has become abortion on demand. Attempts to revisit legislation and reduce the number of abortions by restricting the grounds on which termination of pregnancy may be performed, such as gestational age, have been fraught and largely fruitless. Those who think there will be a second chance, whether by so-called sunset clause or otherwise, are naive.

We would like to make a clear statement to the members of the Oireachtas that there is no evidence that termination is the treatment for threatened suicide in pregnancy and that if they vote for the proposed legislation, they will be voting for the legalisation of abortion in this country.

Those members of the Oireachtas who believe that they are only doing what the Constitution permits since the “X” judgement, should seek to examine the psychiatric evidence heard by the Supreme Court. They might alternatively examine the statements of the psychiatrists called before the Oireachtas Health Committee hearings in 2012, to see what evidence there is that might support the Supreme Court.

We would also remind them that the WHO consistently places Ireland in the top five countries for women’s safety in pregnancy, out of 171 countries surveyed.  This has been the case for the past 25 years.

We would urge members of the Oireachtas respectfully, but robustly, to vote against the proposed

  1. Dr Ann Barry, General Practitioner, Dublin
  1. Dr Anne Kennedy, General Practitioner, Mayo
  1. Dr Anne Ryan, General Practitioner, Kildare
  1. Dr Anne-Marie Leech, General Practitioner, Wexford
  1. Dr Bridget O’Brien, General Practitioner, Kerry
  1. Dr Cliodhna Donnelly, Palliative Care, Galway
  1. Dr Cristina Bordinc, General Practitioner, Wexford
  1. Dr Daniel Purcell, General Practitioner, Kildare
  1. Prof David Ryan, Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, Dublin
  1. Dr Declan Pender, General Practitioner, Cork
  1. Dr Deirdre Gleeson, Occupational Health Physician /GP, Kildare
  1. Dr Donogh Maguire, A&E Consultant, Dublin
  1. Prof Eamonn O’Dwyer, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Galway
  1. Dr Eileen Reilly, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Galway
  1. Dr Eleanor Corcoran, Psychiatrist, Donegal
  1. Dr Eoghan De Faoite, NCHD, Dublin
  1. Dr Felim T Donnelly, General Practitioner, Galway
  1. Dr George Fuller, General Practitioner, Cork
  1. Dr Helen T O’Brien, General Practitioner, Dublin
  1. Dr James Sheehan, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Galway
  1. Dr Janina Lyons, General Practitioner, Dublin
  1. Dr John C Kehoe, General Practitioner, Kildare
  1. Dr John Kehoe SNR, General Practitioner, Kildare
  1. Dr John Monaghan, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Galway
  1. Dr Jonathan Jacob, General Practitioner, Carlow
  1. Dr Jude McSharry, General Practitioner, Sligo
  1. Dr Liam Moore, General Practitioner, Kildare
  1. Dr Magdalena Blok, General Practitioner, Cork
  1. Dr Maire Mirium Duggan, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Dublin
  1. Dr Maire Nic Ghearailt, General Practitioner, Wicklow
  1. Dr Mairead MacConnaill, General Practitioner, Cork
  1. Dr Marie Therese McKenna, General Practitioner, Donegal
  1. Dr Marie Twomey, Palliative Care, Dublin
  1. Dr Mary P Carroll, Radiologist, Donegal
  1. Dr Maureen Brennan, General Practitioner, Dublin
  1. Dr Maurice Fahy, General Practitioner, Kerry
  1. Dr Michael Salter, General Practitioner Wicklow
  1. Dr Mirium Hogan, General Practitioner, Kilkenny
  1. Dr Murrogh Birmingham, General Practitioner, Donegal
  1. Dr Myles Monaghan, Anaesthetics Trainee, Dublin
  1. Dr Olive Pierse, General Practitioner, Kerry
  1. Dr Orla Halpenny, General Practitioner, Dublin
  1. Dr Paschal O’Dea, General Practitioner, Carlow
  1. Dr Patricia O’Toole, General Practitioner, Carlow
  1. Dr Patrick English, General Practitioner, Kerry
  1. Dr Patrick Kelly, General Practitioner Trainee, Waterford
  1. Dr Patrick McSharry, General Practitioner, Sligo
  1. Dr Pauline Burke, Public Health, Limerick
  1. Dr Pauline Kane, Palliative Care, Dublin
  1. Dr Peter Quinn, General Practitioner, Cork
  1. Dr Phil Boyle, Fertility Specialist, Galway
  1. Dr Phillip Aherne, General Practitioner, Kildare
  1. Dr Phillip O’Dwyer, Fertility Specialist, Meath
  1. Dr Ravi Kumar, General Practitioner, Wexford
  1. Dr Rita O’Connor, General Medicine, Clare
  1. Dr Seamus Kennedy, General Practitioner, Mayo
  1. Dr Sean O’Domhnaill, Psychiatrist, Kildare
  1. Dr Sinead Kelly, Palliative Care, Dublin
  1. Dr Susan Deacon-King, General Practitioner, Kildare
  1. Dr Trevor Hayes, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Kilkenny
  1. Dr Ursula Nusgen, Microbiologist, Dublin
  1. Dr William P Fox, General Practitioner, Westmeath

   64. Dr William Purcell, General Practitioner, Kildare

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