Can doctors provide any treatment necessary to protect a woman’s health?

At the moment no. If a medical problem develops during pregnancy, a doctor has to put the well-being of the foetus before the health and well-being of the pregnant woman.

This can lead to delays or refusal to treat a woman. Sometimes it can lead to the pregnant woman’s foetus having separate legal representation in court.

By voting yes, we can allow doctors to care for the physical and mental health anyone who can get pregnant here in Ireland and without fear of breaking the law.

If there are difficulties during a pregnancy the woman can make decisions about her own healthcare, with the support of her doctor and family.

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I am almost 70 years old. I got married when I was 19 and thirty five years ago I had four children aged 13, 14, 15 and 16. They were all in secondary school and working hard to get good exam results when I awoke one morning with an excruciating pain in my back. I went straight to my GP who sent me for an X-ray immediately.

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