Wednesday 20 September 2017

GP tells of heartbreaking abortion stories told by patients

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

A GP who is proposing doctors support radical new abortion laws has spoken of the heart-rending distress suffered by women who tell their stories in the privacy of the surgery.

Dr Mary Favier, a Cork GP, who is proposing the motions at the annual meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) in Killarney today said there is currently an overwhelming silence around abortion.

She said she sees women who are pregnant but told their baby will not survive because of a fatal foetal abnormality.

They are forced to continue with the pregnancy or else go abroad for a termination, she added.

There is no hope of the baby surviving but the" cold chill" of the law prevents doctors from helping them, she said.

"There is an overwhelming silence around this area and it is important doctors start talking about.

Let us end this silence.It is a health issue rather than a political one."

She is also proposing that women who are pregnant as a result of rape of incest be allowed the option of having an abortion here.

A third motion supports the government plans to legislate for abortion where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother.

"The first is to support the woman where a woman’s life is at risk. We have had some very tragic recent circumstances.

"It is important that an organisation like the IMO supports the government."

The motions are set to spark strong opposition from some doctors including psychiatrists who are opposed to allowing abortion for women who are suicidal .

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