Doctors, nurses and pharmacists are standing up to Simon Harris’ attempts to force them to facilitate abortions, and their courage has gained them support even from medical colleagues who voted to repeal the 8th.
Nurses invited to the All-Ireland Annual Midwifery Conference have said they will now refuse to attend the event because "it is giving a platform to leading abortion-on-demand advocate, Labour Senator Ivana Bacik".
The Life Institute has accused the Minister for Health of ignoring best medical practice in commencing an act permitting abortion, and has reminded him that experts say that the legislation will be a 'logistical nightmare' for psychiatrists. Minister James Reilly has signed an order allowing the Protection of Life During pregnancy Act to commence from January 1st.
The final report into the death of Savita Halappanavar has found that there was a failure to provide basic elements of patient care, and that Savita's life could have been saved if missed opportunities had been acted upon. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report points to a total of 13 missed opportunities, that, had they been identified and acted upon, "could have resulted in a different outcome" for Ms Halappanavar. Blood test results were not followed up, and a series of signs that indicated Mrs Halappanavar's deterioration were not recognised or acted on.
The Master of Dublin's busiest Maternity hospital, Dr Sam Coulter Smith, has said the there are 'major ethical and moral dilemma' arising for Obstetricians from the draft legislation currently proposed by the government. He also warned of a possible 'surge' in the number of abortions if the proposal became law. Dr Coulter Smith said that there was no evidence that abortion was a treatment for suicidal ideation or intent and, obstetricians were required to provide and practice evidence-based treatment.
The Life Institute has said that the decision of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to vote against abortion legislation is 'hugely significant' and pointed out that doctors have now voted for the second time in five weeks to oppose the Government's proposal on abortion. A Spokesman said that it was "especially important to note that an original motion put to the ICGP conference which supported the Government's proposed abortion bill was rejected by doctors."
A letter published in the Irish Times on 1st May from a group of consultants challenges Dr. Peter Boylan's evidence at the Savita Halappanavar enquiry. The group includes eight consultant obstetricians / gynaecologists, one consultant microbiologist, one consultant anaesthetist and one consultant in emergency medicine.