Medical Professionals Say Abortion 'Not Medically Necessary' Medical Professionals Say Abortion 'Not Medically Necessary'
Medical Professionals Say Abortion 'Not Medically Necessary'

Medical Professionals Say Abortion 'Not Medically Necessary'

Medical Professionals Say Abortion 'Not Medically Necessary'

Salt Shakers

A group of more than 140 international medical professionals has met in Dublin and concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother.

The Symposium was organized by the Committee for Excellence in Maternal Healthcare, chaired by Professor Eamon O’Dwyer.

The Symposium released the Dublin Declaration last weekend. It reads:

"As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.

“We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.

“We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”

The Irish Times reports, "Eamon O’Dwyer, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynaecology at NUI Galway and a conference organizer, said its outcome would provide “clarity and confirmation” to doctors and legislators dealing with these issues. . . Other members of the committee include Dr. John Monaghan, Dr. John Greene and palliative care nurse specialist Sinéad Dennehy."

The Irish Times says Dr. Eoghan de Faoite, a spokesman for the group, told them that, although some of the medical professionals have opposed abortion in the past, it was not part of any pro-life campaign and that “All organizers were involved in their professional capacity and were not here to represent any pro-life position."

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