Dr Brendan O'Shea: 'How to keep abortion numbers down? Free contraception and better education'
Dr Brendan O'Shea
February 20 2019
The first call to our practice on January 2, at 9.01am, was a hesitant voice requesting an appointment regarding a crisis pregnancy.
The health system had been on six months' notice that early medical termination of pregnancy was 'switching on' from January 1, particularly the 180 general practices where a GP and practice team had opted into the scheme.
The Irish College of General Practitioners' (ICGP) women's health programme had communicated intensely with GPs, devising under the most unsparing and critical gaze of the nation evidence-based guidelines, in keeping with new legislation and best practice.
'Irish history is moving rapidly': backlash to abortion law fails to emerge
Besides a fleeting protest in Galway, abortion has become available in 22 of Ireland’s 26 counties with barely a fuss
Rory Carroll, Ireland correspondent
Fri 11 Jan 2019
Ireland voted by a landslide to legalise abortion – but turning that social revolution into medical reality has fallen largely on the shoulders of just 200 GPs.
That is the approximate number, representing 5% of all general practitioners, that have signed up to perform the service which started rolling out on 1 January.