Thursday 14 December 2017

Group of psychiatrists back Creighton's abortion amendments

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

A GROUP of psychiatrists have backed amendments to the abortion bill tabled by European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton.

The psychiatrists say Ms Creighton’s request to remove suicide as grounds for an abortion is the right approach, and provides clarification for their profession.

Dr Bernadette McCabe, Dr Amir Niazi and Dr Eleanor Corcoran, all consultant psychiatrists, held a press conference this morning to support Ms Creighton’s stance.

The Dublin South East TD has proposed removing the suicide clause and instead providing for a “care pathway” for women seeking an abortion because they are suicidal.

Dr McCabe said this is in line with international best practice, but insisted none she or her two colleagues had not been in contact with Ms Creighton before their press conference.

They also insisted they are neither pro nor anti abortion.

 

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