Consultant Psychiatrists across Ireland have expressed grave concerns at the plans of the Government to legislate for abortion. In a statement, over 100 consultants expressed their opposition to the plans.
The psychiatrists outlined their concern as follows:-
? As practicing psychiatrists we are deeply concerned at the Government?s stated plan to legislate along the lines of the X-Case, as this will mean legislating for suicidality.
?We believe that legislation that includes a proposal that an abortion should form part of the treatment for suicidal ideation has no basis in the medical evidence available.
?We as psychiatrists are being called upon to participate in a process that is not evidence based and we do not believe that this should be asked of the profession.
?Any proposal being considered by the Government must be based on a rigorous appraisal of the available psychiatric research and medical evidence.