Doctor banned from saving babies' lives

A doctor has been banned from helping women who regret taking an abortion pill.

Dr Dermot Kearney, former head of the Catholic Medical Association, had been helping women who had taken the first of two abortion pills, Mifepristone, but regretted their decision. He provided prescriptions for the natural hormone progesterone, which can counteract the effects of mifepristone. But he has been told that he may no longer provide the service following a complaint from abortion provider MSI Reproductive Choices (formerly Marie Stopes).

Dermot provided progesterone treatment ‘off licence’, which means it is not explicitly approved in this country to treat abortion reversal. However, it is prescribed for threatened miscarriages that occur naturally. Prescribing a drug off-licence is not in itself an indicator of poor care or unsafe practice. The drug misoprostol, used as the second pill in medical abortion is in fact prescribed off-licence.

Several women who received help from Dermot are now speaking out, testifying to the care he gave them, in many instances resulting in the birth of a healthy baby.

Dermot is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre as he considers what steps to take next.

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