Obstetrician of Year and Director of Womens Health urges Vote No
Doctor Trevor Hayes was Twice named ‘Obstetrician of the Year’ by Maternity and Infant Magazine 2009 and 2013. He is a consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny and has been a Director of the Women’s Health Group since 2006 . Dr Hayes is also a specialist in urogynaecology and minimal access surgery .
Speaking at a Love Both conference earlier this week Doctor Hayes expressed serious concerns at misinformation being deployed by the yes side and warned of the serious consequences of a yes vote .
In my many years of medical practice, I have never been prevented by the Eighth Amendment from doing everything necessary to fully care for women and to fully protect them in my practice. Any suggestion that Irish doctors cannot intervene to protect women is deliberately misinforming the Irish public and creating unnecessary fears. I’ve never gambled with the lives of my patients. I’ve never lost a mother. The Eighth Amendment has never prevented me from doing my job to the best of my ability
Professional guidelines for obstetricians are very clear, there is no doubt whatsoever nor should there be any doubt that we can intervene to protect the life of women, doctors do not have to wait until the threat to life has become imminent
I am very concerned that recent weeks have seen significant and untrue public statements about the practice of maternal healthcare in this country. No doctor doing their job properly would wait until there is an immediate and critical threat to a pregnant woman’s life before acting to protect the woman, the Eighth Amendment does not stop me from doing my job. Never has and never will.
If repeal were to happen, ninety nine percent of abortions would take place for any reason at all or on supposed mental health grounds. That’s the reality based on what has happened in other countries but you wouldn’t think it based on how the present debate is being conducted.
- consultant obstetrician Dr. Trevor Hayes
Dr Hayes is the latest in a number of high profile medical professionals to warn of misinformation in the public sphere . Last Month Professor Eamon McGuinnness consultant obstetrician and former chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says the yes side are engaging in a campaign of "Fear and Misinformation" . Writing an opinion piece in the irishtimes.com Doctor McGuiness said "From where I am seated, it has been very disturbing to see what amounts to a campaign of fear and misinformation deployed to tarnish the image of Irish medicine and make Irish women fearful of the treatment they might receive" Read More