Catholic nursing guild says it won't co-operate
MEMBERS of the Catholic Nurses Guild of Ireland have said they will not co-operate "with the deliberate killing" of innocent unborn babies if the Government's abortion legislation is passed.
The guild, which did not elaborate on how many members they have, expressed its deep concern and disappointment at the decision of the Government to legislate for the 'X Case'.
In a statement it said the legislation represents a radical change to the most fundamental value of nursing – to do no harm.
"As nurses and midwives we cannot co-operate with the deliberate killing of innocent unborn babies in any circumstances.
"Our duty always is to work ethically and professionally and to do our utmost to respect and protect the life of every person in our care. Accordingly, we are committed to recognising the dignity of every person from conception to natural death."
They are gathering for their annual pilgrimage at Our Lady's Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo, tomorrow.
Both doctors and nurses will be able to opt out of being involved in an assessment panel for termination of pregnancy under the legislation.
However, they are obliged to refer the patient to another colleague. An Bord Altranais, the regulatory body for nurses, is to draw up a new code of conduct for nurses on foot of the legislation being passed.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr James Reilly said even if some psychiatrists opt out of assessment panels, there would be sufficient numbers to take part in the "very small" number of these cases which would present.