Abortion never medically necessary

Forum in Dublin on maternal health - The Irish Times - Mon, Sep 10, 2012: An international symposium on maternal healthcare in Dublin at the weekend has concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother.

A panel of speakers formally agreed to a “Dublin declaration” on maternal healthcare. It stated:
“As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.
“We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.
“We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”
Leading Belgian cancer physician and presenter at the conference Frederic Amant is quoted in The Lancet as saying, “Fear of chemotherapy should not be a reason to terminate pregnancy. There is no evidence termination improves outcomes for the mother.”


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