Independent TD Mattie McGrath who is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children has expressed his concern about what, he stated, appears to be a serious imbalance at the Health Committee hearings on abortion which have been taking place over the past few days. “There appears to be a serious imbalance with those who have been selected to address our committee” said Deputy McGrath
“On Tuesday the Committee heard from the Institute of Obstetrician who gave the impression of unanimous approval of legislation, however, a number of Consultant Obstetricians throughout the Country have expressed their serious concern at the views expressed by the Obstetricians at the Hearings”.
Concern has also been expressed about the lack of balance amongst the legal experts that were brought before the committee where five lawyers presented strongly pro-choice arguments with only one pro-life representative.
“I have sat through two and a half days of hearings and I am very concerned about the balance in terms of those that were chosen to address the committee. I have been contacted by a number of Doctors, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the last two days who are hugely concerned by this and who have asked to be brought before the Committee but who have thus far been ignored.”
“Prior to the start of the hearings I submitted names for a number of Doctors who wished to address the committee, none of whom were selected. If we want the work of this committee to be taken seriously we need to ensure that the process is not skewed.” Continued Deputy McGrath
“I am calling on the committee chairman to extend an invitation to this group of Obstetricians to ensure that we get some balance” concluded McGrath