The Eighth Amendment provides for only one right: the right of the unborn child to be born alive. It does not provide for a right to be born safely. We believe that the Eighth is being used as a scapegoat and a means for doctors to use methods, such as Active Management of Labour, that suit them and their hospitals the most.
‘It was like watching someone artificially inseminate a cow’. This is how my husband described my induction to my sister and brother-in-law, when I was giving them a blow-by-blow account of my labour and delivery while they enjoyed their first cuddles with their niece, whom I had given birth to 18 hours previously.