I protect our doctors, who have a duty of care to both mother and baby, from having to carry out such obvious harm to the life of one of their patients, the unborn baby. I protect doctors from potentially losing their job if they act in accordance with their conscience in not supporting or administering abortion. In the 1983 abortion referendum there was resounding support for the 8th amendment from the medical profession including from senior consultants in our maternity hospitals.
Dr David Jackson of the Royal Gwent Hospital spoke when locked in a trade dispute with the British Medical Association in June 2017:
“Abortion is not like any other surgical procedure. It is not real medicine. Pregnancy is not a disease in need of treatment. This decision is entirely ideologically motivated …”
The very nature of the medical profession is to be pro-life. Medicine is a vocation traditionally pursued by individuals who have the utmost respect for life. To repeal the 8th Amendment would be to undermine the very core values that doctors swear to abide by; primum non nocere is exactly what I am protecting.