FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from The Irish Midwives Association on the lifting of In-Camera status in the case of Mother B vs HSE heard in the High Court, Dublin on 30th September 2016
The Irish Midwives Association fully supports the right of all pregnant people to informed consent, informed refusal and full bodily autonomy.
Dublin, November 2, 2016: The Irish Midwives Association (IMA) were deeply concerned to learn of the case of Mother B vs HSE, in which the HSE attempted to force a woman to have a caesarean section against her will. The IMA welcomes Justice Michael Twomey’s ruling that a forced surgical procedure would constitute a “grievous assault.” The IMA further support his ruling to lift the in-camera status as requested by the mother and are concerned that the HSE objected to her waiving anonymity.