ALL CONSULTANT OBSTETRICIANS have been requested by a group of Irish women to pledge their support to a campaign to implement reforms to abortion law.
The women involved have all been required to travel abroad for abortions after being diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities, and wish to see a change in the law to allow women who are carrying babies that are incompatible with life to have terminations carried out in Ireland.
In a letter seen by the Medical Independent, the women ask the consultants to put their support behind the campaign, saying they recognised that the current legal situation put doctors in a “difficult situation”.
The women explained that they were not part of any political or lobby group, but instead represented “many women and men who have to deal with these very sad circumstances”.
“Travelling to the UK, away from our families, friends and home, makes an already horrific experience infinitely worse,” the letter explained.