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.”
- Cancer in Pregnancy website
- Treatment of breast cancer during pregnancy: an observational study
- Long-term cognitive and cardiac outcomes after prenatal exposure to chemotherapy in children aged 18 months or older: an observational study