If a mother’s life is at risk, my main concern is protecting her. When life-threatening medical conditions arise, I guarantee the imperative of protecting the mother’s life, while also doing the best possible, as far as is practicable, to save the baby’s life.
The baby’s life is not more important than the mother’s. This is a common misconception.
Irish law protects the life of the pregnant mother where there is a real risk to her life, such as pre-eclampsia or ectopic pregnancy. Sometimes the medical treatment of a life-threatening physical illness may result in the baby’s life being lost. This is not abortion. However tragic, it is an unintended, but unavoidable, consequence of performing essential treatment needed to save the life of the mother.
I understand that sometimes Irish women feel like they have no other option but to choose abortion in the UK. I also realise that others opt to use dangerous and illegal abortion drugs. In both of these instances it is imperative that, should any negative symptoms follow an abortion, appropriate health care is provided to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the woman. I do nothing to prevent a woman from receiving the medical aftercare she needs.
Pro-abortion campaigners would have you believe that the psychological effects experienced by Irish women who have abortions, are all due to having to travel abroad. But a study in the European Journal for Public Health found that following an abortion, a woman is six times more likely to commit suicide than a woman who continues her pregnancy to term1. This study was 1 carried out in countries that have legal abortion on demand. The issue with abortion is not the journey to an abortion clinic, it is the abortion itself. Abortion centres in Ireland would make abortion more convenient and more prevalent, but won’t make abortion any less damaging to a woman's mental health.