Friday, 28 September 2012

Watch these excellent talks on maternal health

Earlier this month an International Symposium on Maternal Health was held in Dublin, organised by the Committee for Excellence in Maternal Healthcare, which is chaired by pro-life veteran Professor Eamonn O'Dwyer. The symposium featured many valuable presentations, all of which have been posted on YouTube - see below for a selection. Thanks to Fiorella Nash, an SPUC speaker on maternal health, for highlighting these for me:

Dr Jean Kagia, a top obstetrician from Kenya, spoke on "Improving maternal healthcare in Kenya: challenges and strategies for low resource nations". She spoke about the lack of resources, the struggle to encourage doctors to stay in Kenya, and the wastage of resources funding wars and corruption:


Dr Frédéric Amant, a leading specialist in gynaecological oncology, spoke on "Cancer treatment during pregnancy". He looked at recent studies which show an equally good prognosis for both pregnant and non-pregnant women being treated for cancer, the various treatments available to pregnant women and the safety of the unborn baby:


Dr. Byron Calhoun, an American professor and specialist in maternal-foetal medicine, spoke on "Perinatal hospice: comprehensive care model for families with fatal prenatal diagnosis". He looked at studies which show the negative psychological effect of abortion in these cases and the need for parents to have time with their babies even when they have a terminal diagnosis:


Dr Priscilla Coleman, a world-leading expert on the mental health aspect of abortion, spoke on "The Relative Safety of Abortion vs. Childbirth: A Focus on Psychological Morbidity and Mortality". Her presentation is very valuable, not least because the subject continues to be so contentious:


Dr John Monaghan, a leading Irish obstetrician and gynaecologist, spoke on "A Safe Place: Achieving Excellence in Irish Maternal Healthcare". He looks at the history of Ireland’s excellent maternal health system and makes various interesting comparisons between the situation in Ireland and the UK. Maternal mortality has increased in Ireland as in other western countries because of issues such as older maternal age and IVF-related complications such as multiple pregnancies. Also, unlike the Republic of Ireland, the UK has a massive recruitment shortage in obstetrics and gynaecology, raising the question as to whether abortion is putting junior doctors off:


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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Wed 26 Sep

Top stories:

Northern Ireland pro-abortion group accused of bullying minister over guidance
SPUC has accused the Family Planning Association (FPA) of using the courts to bully Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's Minister for Health, into cutting short his revision of abortion guidance for doctors in the Province. Reacting to the High Court decision to grant leave to the FPA to apply for a judicial review of the department's actions in re-drafting the guidance (BBC, 24 September), Liam Gibson, SPUC's Northern Ireland development officer, commented: "It is clear that the FPA is trying to bounce the Minister into issuing abortion guidance because they believe that the longer it takes to produce the guidance the harder it will be to use it to undermine the current law. [SPUC, 24 September]

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
General
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Monday, 24 September 2012

Northern Ireland pro-abortion group accused of bullying minister over guidance

SPUC has accused the Family Planning Association (FPA) of using the courts to bully Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's Minister for Health, into cutting short his revision of abortion guidance for doctors in the Province.

Reacting to the High Court decision to grant leave to the FPA to apply for a judicial review of the department's actions in re-drafting the guidance, Liam Gibson, SPUC's Northern Ireland development officer, told the media today:
"It is clear that the FPA is trying to bounce the Minister into issuing abortion guidance because they believe that the longer it takes to produce the guidance the harder it will be to use it to undermine the current law.

"The Minister has told pro-life members of the Assembly that he is committed to ensuring that Northern Ireland's laws prohibiting abortions are properly applied. The FPA is worried by this and that is why they are trying to force the Minister to issue the guidance without any further revision.

"When misleading guidance was issued by the minister's predecessor, it was successfully challenged on two occasions by SPUC and had to be withdrawn. Serious flaws were identified in the areas of counselling for women considering abortion and the right of medical personnel not to take part in abortions. Since then the department has been revising the guidance and reviewing the way data on the small number of lawful abortions in the Province is collected.

"As a result of SPUC's legal challenge of the previous guidance, the judge ruled that the whole document needed to be revised. Since then there has been growing pressure for accurate data on the abortions performed within the Province. In February the Minister asked health officials to bring forward proposals to allow for more detailed records to be kept. The FPA opposed this decision because it knows that more detailed information could potentially expose many of those abortions as unlawful."

A two-day hearing of the application has been scheduled for 21 and 22 January 2013.

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