Draft abortion law ‘could face freedom of conscience case’

Draft abortion law 'could face freedom of conscience case'

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Joe Little, Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent

A leading member of the Medico-Legal Alliance has hinted that the country's draft abortion law may face a legal challenge similar to the Asher's Bakery freedom of conscience case.

Senior Counsel Ben Ó Floinn said it would be regrettable if such a challenge became necessary in order to secure a wide-ranging freedom of conscience for doctors who will not provide terminations.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/1013/1002952-abortion-conscience/

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Ireland – Doctors should not be forced to ‘aid and abet’ abortions, says John Bruton

Doctors should not be forced to ‘aid and abet’ abortions, says John Bruton
Former taoiseach believes asking physicians who oppose terminations to refer patients is unnecessary

Sep 8, 2018
Colin Gleeson

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said doctors opposed to abortion should not be forced to refer women seeking terminations to other physicians.

Mr Bruton, in a speech to the Pro Life Education dinner in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday night, said he feared anti-abortion doctors would be “targeted” by those who wanted to “catch them out”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/doctors-should-not-be-forced-to-aid-and-abet-abortions-says-john-bruton-1.3623094

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Ireland – Abortion legislation to come before Dáil within weeks, says Harris

Abortion legislation to come before Dáil within weeks, says Harris

Saturday, 8 Sep 2018
By Joe Mag Raollaigh

Legislation that will pave the way for the introduction of abortion in Ireland will be brought to the Dáil in a matter of weeks.

However, Minister for Health Simon Harris has warned against reopening the referendum debate after former Taoiseach John Bruton said the proposed legislation needs to be amended.

Mr Harris confirmed today that the Bill is being finalised.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0908/992511-abortion-legislation-dail/

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UK: Home abortions ‘could see more objections from GPs and pharmacists’

Home abortions 'could see more objections from GPs and pharmacists'

Feb 8, 2018

A midwife who campaigned for staff to opt out of abortion work fears plans for "at home" abortions could see a rise in objections from health staff.

Mary Doogan lost her fight to not be responsible for other colleagues involved in terminations. She thinks the plans to allow women to take the second abortion pill at home will implicate GPs and pharmacists.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-42989711

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Ireland: Medical professionals will be able to object to providing terminations

Medical professionals will be able to object to providing terminations
GPs, obstetricians and gynaecologists will be allowed to conscientiously object

Feb 7, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Medical professionals will be able to object to the administration of terminations under Government proposals.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed he will allow for GPs, obstetricians and gynaecologists to conscientiously object to providing terminations in medical settings. The Government is seeking to introduce legislation to allow for abortions up to 12 weeks and believes this should be a service led by GPs.

However those representing GPs are critical of the lack of engagement by Mr Harris on the proposed legislation.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/medical-professionals-will-be-able-to-object-to-providing-terminations-1.3382792

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UK: I introduced the Abortion Act 50 years ago this week. This is why it now needs extending

I introduced the Abortion Act 50 years ago this week. This is why it now needs extending

Northern Ireland’s lack of access to abortion and the fact that we won’t decriminalise it altogether in England and Wales puts us miles behind our European neighbours who allow all women to access abortions on request

David Steel
Thursday 26 October 2017

I recently encountered a professor of medicine who fifty years ago was a young medical student witnessing the passing of the Abortion Act into law. His lecturer held up a newly printed copy of the Act and said: “This is a historic day because your generation of doctors will never have to confront the consequences of botched abortions”. If only this had truly been the case.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-act-northern-ireland-law-referendum-a8020826.html

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