Medical Symposium's Findings that Abortion Never Necessary in "Life of the Mother" 'Exceptions' Substantiate Personhood Amendments in US

Sep 11, 2012, 16:47 ET from Personhood USA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A medical symposium in Ireland has determined that abortion is not necessary to save the mother's life in any circumstance; debunking one of the most common arguments against personhood abortion bans in the U.S.

According to the Irish organization Youth Defence, "Leading medical experts speaking at a major International Symposium on Excellence in Maternal Healthcare held in Dublin have concluded that 'direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a mother.' "

Over 140 medical professionals attended the Symposium where new research and extensive clinical experience was presented by experts in obstetrics and gynecology, mental health, and molecular epidemiology. The symposium's final determinations were published in a declaration titled "Dublin Declaration on Maternal Healthcare" which reads:

"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."

"It was fascinating to learn about new therapies involving the safe delivery of chemotherapy during pregnancy and the exciting field of in-utero fetal surgery, " stated Dr Eoghan de Faoite, a member of the symposium's organizing committee. "This Symposium puts an end to the false argument that Ireland needs abortion to treat women, and it was encouraging to hear the international speakers commend Ireland's high standards of maternal healthcare and low rates of maternal mortality."

Recent studies have determined that countries where abortion is illegal or severely restricted enjoy the lowest maternal mortality rates.

"The International Symposium on Excellence in Maternal Healthcare has affirmed what Personhood amendments have sought to establish – that there is no situation in which it is necessary to dismember and kill an innocent child," commented Personhood USA spokesperson Jennifer Mason. "Here in the United States, we have some of the most radical abortion laws in the world, and our women and children suffer as a result. As Youth Defence in Ireland seeks to keep Ireland abortion-free and safer for women and children, Personhood USA will never stop attempting to abolish abortion in the United States to seek the same standard of healthcare and protection for moms and babies."

SOURCE Personhood USA