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Obstetrician: Eighth Amendment has never hindered my work

04/May/2018

By Susan Gately -

“No doctor doing their job properly would wait until there is an immediate and critical threat to a pregnant woman’s life before acting to protect the woman. The Eighth Amendment does not stop me from doing my job.”

Obstetrician Dr Trevor Hayes and Cora Sherlock at LoveBoth press briefing. (pic by John McElroy)

An Irish consultant obstetrician told a press gathering on Wednesday that he had never been prevented by the Eighth Amendment from doing everything necessary to fully care for women and to fully protect them in his practice.

“Any suggestion that Irish doctors cannot intervene to protect women is deliberately misinforming the Irish public and creating unnecessary fears. I’ve never gambled with the lives of my patients. I’ve never lost a mother,” said consultant obstetrician Dr Trevor Hayes. “The Eighth Amendment has never prevented me from doing my job to the best of my ability.”

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