Tuairisc le Colm Ó Broin
Príomhscéal Ghaelscéal na seachtaine seo ná go bhfuil sé ráite ag Cathaoirleach an Irish Association of Suicideology (IAS) go gcothóidh reachtaíocht bunaithe ar Chás X ‘olldeacracht lóistíochúil’ do shíciatraithe.
Tá sé ina raic i bhFine Gael faoin moladh go gcuirfí reachtaíocht i bhfeidhm a cheadódh do bhean ginmhilleadh a fháil má bhíonn a saol i mbaol de bharr bagairt a dhéanamh go bhfuil sí féinmharfach.
De réir an Dr Justin Brophy, síciatraí comhairleach le Seirbhís Mheabhairshláinte Chill Mhantáin, beidh sé thar a bheith deacair ar shíciatraithe breithiúnas a dhéanamh an bhfuil duine éigin féinmharfach i ndáiríre nó nach bhfuil.
Pro-life campaigners and some Fine Gael backbenchers are concerned that allowing women to have an abortion if her life is at risk due to the threat of suicide will open the doors to ‘abortion on demand’ in the Republic.
The Chairman of the Irish Association of Suicideology has told Gaelscéal that legislation based on the X Case will create a ‘logistical nightmare’ for psychiatrists.
Dr Justin Brophy says that suicidal intent is an ‘easily fabricated’ condition. Psychiatrists can prove that a woman is suicidal based on her stated symptoms, but it is very difficult for them to prove that a woman who says she is not suicidal is not, nor is it their job to do so, he says.
Medical judgements can be wrong and psychiatrists will be on a “hiding to nothing” if asked to adjudicate in these cases according to Dr. Brophy.
He added that there would also be public outrage if a pregnant woman took her own life after a being refused an abortion based on a psychiatrists view that she was not suicidal.