Ireland 'Make rape victims keep babies and help them' - says midwife

09:56  15 may  2018
09:56  15 may  2018 Source:

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Midwife Paula Barry. © Midwife Paula Barry. Campaigners for a No vote have argued the "only thing worse than rape" is death.

Midwife Paula Barry told a Save the Eighth event in Dublin that rape victims should be helped if they want to give up their child for adoption.

"If not, make her keep her little baby and help her," she said.

Woman holding baby's hand © Catalyst Images Woman holding baby's hand

The comments came as a group of doctors, midwives and nurses hit out at the legislation being proposed by the Government if the referendum passes.

Ms Barry said what Health Minister Simon Harris is proposing "is not healthcare".

"Why not make it easier for them to love their little baby even if he or she will not live for long? Support in the good and the bad times, that's what healthcare is," she said.

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Consultant midwife Inderjeet Kaur said the extra care was "so important" as giving birth could trigger frightening, graphic memories of an attack. BBC News spoke to three rape victims about their experiences during childbirth - two of them helped design how the clinic would operate.

Rape means forced ,not domination,or men raping lesbians.f-f or fm-f if man is helping is ok with unwilling victim .I am going to be Trujillo said she felt relieved. "I was glad that I didn't get in trouble, that they didn't tell my mom I was part of making up stories."

Addressing the question of abortion in cases of rape, Ms Barry said: "Apparently the only thing worse than rape for the women is death. So by encouraging a women to abort her unborn baby, you are introducing the concept of death.

Midwife examining woman © Catalyst Images Midwife examining woman

"I say love her, make her feel cherished, make her feel 'yes, I can do this'. Should she consider adoption, support her. If not, make her keep her little baby and help her."

At the same event, Dr Neil Maguire, a GP based in Navan, Co Meath, said it would be "unreasonable and impossible" to expect doctors "to add ending lives to the list of their duties".

He said the health system couldn't cope with the numbers of abortions and the proposals had "all the hallmarks of another botched job by the Department of Health".

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No doctor or midwife should feel they have the license to do it. No one should say it does not happen and tell I was told my babies FHT were dropping and that they were keeping me over night. As a true rape victim I take great offense to this insensitive and ignorant application of the term rape .

Sex after rape : the woman helping rape victims enjoy sex again. The demand is huge. “One in five British women has been raped ,” says Amara. Before they arrive, the patients tell Amara “what they ’d like to drink, what newspapers they ’d like to read - anything that will make them feel more comfortable.

Pregnant woman having a scan © Catalyst Images Pregnant woman having a scan

The No side upped the ante on Mr Harris yesterday, with nurse Marie Donnelly calling on him to "come out of hiding".

She claimed the minister just "pops up" at launches to say "things like 'the current situation is untenable'".

"The lies about the abortion pill in this debate can no longer be ignored. It is not a magic tablet that makes pregnancies go away," Ms Donnelly said, adding that the public was being "fed a diet of rubbish" by the minister.

Mr Harris, who is scheduled to take part in an RTÉ 'Prime Time' debate next week, attended a Together For Yes launch hosted by the National Women's Council of Ireland yesterday.

He said he was looking forward to getting more involved in the debate as it nears voting day, adding: "There is a need for change.

"The status quo is not working for women and it's not working for doctors. We can take nothing for granted."

He said that if one vote had changed in every ballot box in the country during the divorce referendum it would have been a different outcome.

Asked about complaints from GPs that they haven't been consulted on the proposal to legalise abortion up to 12 weeks, Mr Harris said such a conversation was "entirely hypothetical" unless the Eighth Amendment was repealed.

"There is genuinely a once in a lifetime opportunity. There is no Plan B because there can't be," he said.

"If you vote No, I'm not sure what kind of message that will send out to the women leaving our country today."

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