Abortion laws ‘must not leave doctors in fear of prosecution’
Jennifer Bray, Ireland Deputy Political Editor
August 24 2018
The government has been urged to improve its draft legislation on abortion to stop doctors interpreting the new laws too conservatively.
A position paper by experts from Dublin City University, the University of Birmingham and Queen Mary University of London said that the government should consider asking doctors who have a conscientious objection to providing abortion care to declare it before the law comes into effect. Clinical guidelines that are due to be introduced alongside the legislation should clarify when and how a doctor who holds a conscientious objection should disclose it, it says.