Holohan moves to address concerns about 12-week abortion limit
Doctors fearful of criminalisation as women present at 11 weeks’ gestation
Mon, Jan 28, 2019
The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, has moved to address concerns about doctors performing terminations beyond the 12-week legal limit.
Abortion up until 12 weeks’ gestation became legal at the start of the month, but concerns have been raised that women who present at 11 weeks’ gestation may take more than a week to complete the procedure.
Coombe letter refusing abortion ‘suggests chilling effect’ of law
Couple say they were told anomaly was fatal before hospital dubbed it ‘complex anomaly’
Jan 18, 2019
Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent
The letter from the Coombe hospital to the couple at the centre of the latest abortion controversy is sympathetic, but clear.
An abortion is not possible in this case as the baby might not die before birth or within 28 days, the legally prescribed time under which abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities are allowed.