BOGUS: Claim that "over half of doctors support abortion" doesn't stand up
Nov. 26, 2011
Inquiries by the Life Institute have revealed that an Irish Times report which claimed that "over half of doctors support abortion" doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
The newspaper article publicised a survey which had been carried out by newly-qualified GP, Dr Mark Murphy, who, as we had previously reported, recently called for Irish Aid to fund measures to reduce birth rates in the developing world. The survey asked GPs about their opinion on, and experience of, what it described as 'termination of pregnancy'.
An Irish Times headline described the results of the survey as indicating that "Over half of doctors support abortion".
Spokeswoman for the Life Institute, Niamh Ui Bhriain, said that the newspaper headline was "thoroughly misleading" and that the article was written to create a false impression of support for abortion amongst Irish medical practitioners.
"Firstly, the survey was confined to General Practitioners, and did not survey all doctors. Crucially, it did not survey Obstetricians or Gynaecologists who are the medical experts in this area," said Ms Uí Bhriain.
"Secondly, the Irish Times report gave the impression that responses to the survey were received from 750 GPs and GPs in training," she continued.
"But that was not the case. In fact, according to the presentation Dr Murphy himself made in Sligo, only 218 GPs and 106 GPs in training responded, hardly a significant number. Half of that amount indicated support for abortion, a less significant number again."
Ms Uí Bhriain also criticised the design of the survey pointing out that she had seen what was circulated by Dr Murphy and that "One of the options for consideration by respondents was that "termination of pregnancy should only be allowed in very limited circumstances (such as with 'a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother')".
"But leading Irish medical experts, such as the then Chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dr John Bonnar, have already publicly testified that such legitimate treatment to save a mothers' life is never considered abortion, since the objective is not to harm or kill the baby."
"We should not play word games with issues of great national, and personal, importance. Mothers and babies deserve better," she concluded.
Category | Abortion : Ireland
Published By | Life Institute