Sky News speaks to teenagers who have both undergone gender reassignment surgery and those who have decided to de-transition.
“I will not be forced and bullied by politicians or by the media into performing or facilitating abortions”
Speaking at the All-Ireland Rally for Life, Dr. Trevor Hayes, an obstetrician at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny, said that he and three consultant colleagues at the hospital advised the HSE (Irish Health Services) that they would not peform abortions.
“A great number of my colleagues are unwilling to perform surgical abortions,” he said, “and they say they will not be forced to carry out this life ending procedure”
[The politicians] want to force doctors like me to do so, and that’s not going to happen.
Would the GPs who are attacking pro-life obstetricians on Twitter perform a late-term surgical abortion? Again, I suspect most of them would not. So why are they trying to force other people to be involved in something so repugnant to those of us who adhere to the first principle of medicine, which is “do no harm”?
Shame on them for failing to respect conscientious rights of their colleagues in medicine. But we won’t be bullied by them either.
This video describes the kind of experience that can cause health care workers to refuse to be involved in abortion for reasons of conscience.
A presentation at a medical students’ forum hosted by Canadian Physicians for Life.
2:38 – 4:12 Ethical disputes: disagreeing about an “ought”
4:12 – 11:22 World views: dominant culture, ethics, law, decision making processes, religion, society, culture, experience, philosophy
11:22 – 13:58 The patient wants what you will not provide: ct scan, antibiotics, opioids, abortion, life support, contraception, pre-natal genetic tests, CPR, plastic surgery, elective C-sections, elective induction of labour
13:58 – 1834 fiduciary duty, patient access, moral distress
18:34 – 19:43 When patient asks for what you would like to provide, but can’t
19:43 – 21:44 When professional consensus is that you should say no
21:44 – 25:22 When physicians differ on what fiduciary duty dictates: full information, no abandonment
25:22 – 27:18 In some jursidictions, when refusing on moral grounds, in emergencies – provide service; otherwise- effective referral
27:18 – 32:55 Odd Docs and patients: why disputes arise, best practices: communication, compassion, care, honesty
32:55 – 36:24 Odd Docs and administrators: communication, compassion, do other work