‘We will not be bullied into performing abortions’ – Kilkenny consultant
By COLIN BARTLEY
A CONSULTANT obstetrician at St Luke’s Hospital told a pro-life rally over the weekend that people in the medical profession should not be bullied into performing abortions against their will.
Dr Trevor Hayes said that if the government continues to bully medical professionals into performing abortions, they will force doctors and nurses out of the profession, which will create a far greater crisis in our health services.
Dr Hayes is one of four consultant obstetricians at St Luke’s who wrote to hospital management, the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) last month telling them they would not be performing abortions in the hospital.
Last Saturday afternoon he addressed thousands of pro-life supporters at the Rally for Life march outside the Custom House in Dublin. He criticised the Minister for Health, Simon Harris for trying to bully medical professionals who conscientiously object to taking part in abortions.
“He is obsessing with abortion,” Dr Hayes told the rally. “It’s a procedure that helps no one and takes the life of a child. Instead he is trying to bully good men and women to get involved in abortion against their conscience.”
Dr Hayes warned the Government that if it continues on this path of bullying it will be to the detriment of the health services, as people will be forced out of the medical profession.
“If this means that doctors and nurses and other medical professionals are being forced out of medicine, this will only add to the staffing crisis already crippling the health service.
“But that outcome will be caused, not by pro-life doctors and nurses, but by Simon Harris and this Government.
“Shame on them for failing to respect the conscientious right of medical professionals.”
In his speech, Dr Hayes said that the role of medical professionals is to save lives and abortion does not fit this narrative.
“Doctors have no objection to providing life-saving medical treatment to pregnant women.
“Abortion is not life-saving it’s life-ending. It’s not health care, and no amount of spin can make it health care.”
Last month’s letter to the IEHG said following discussions between the four consultant obstetricians at St Luke’s, it was “decided unanimously that the hospital is not an appropriate location for medical or surgical terminations”.