Change the national consent policy to reflect informed consent and evidence based care.

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The National Consent Policy needs to be adjusted to reflect informed consent and evidence based care. The “significant legal uncertainty” cited in the Policy, which is routinely used to coerce women into submitting to medical and surgical interventions without proper consent, must be removed through legislation. The 8th Amendment should never be used to coerce a woman to comply with hospital policy. To do so is a complete misuse and abuse of the law.

The HSE must invest in the maternity system and begin offering women real birthing choices, support and compassion, rather than making decisions for women on the basis of fear of litigation. Women deserve to be treated with dignity and respect for they are the guardians of life.

Women do not need to be pitted against their children to achieve this goal.

I am calling on our Taoiseach, the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS) to find common ground with us and fight for this.