6,000 crisis pregnancy calls since abortion legalised
By Joyce Fegan
Sunday, May 05, 2019
There have been 6,000 calls to the HSE’s crisis pregnancy helpline since abortion was legalised in Ireland.
In January, the MyOptions helpline received 1,925 calls for information and counselling and 387 nursing-related queries.
Some GPs 'intimidated' outside practices providing abortion services 'every single day'
By Joyce Fegan
Saturday, May 04, 2019
Some GPs providing abortions services are being "intimidated" outside their practice "every single day." Since the Eighth Amendment was repealed and legislation came into force, 317 GPs have been contracted to provide termination of pregnancy (ToP) services in Ireland, as of January 2.
"Some of our colleagues, of all opinions, have been under a lot of pressure and it's been difficult, but particularly colleagues who have decided to conscientiously support this service. Some of them have been under immense pressure locally," said Dr Mark Murphy, at the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)'s annual conference this evening.
Impossible to possible-abortion provision in Ireland | Dr Mary Favier
April 3, 2019
In this 17-minute video, Dr Mary Favier, Cork based GP and founding member of Doctors For Choice, describes how she campaigned for many years to remove the Eighth Amendment as it was harmful to Irish women's health. Dr Favier takes us on a moving journey from Ireland’s past, present, and future showcasing the devastating struggles Irish women have faced in relation to abortions in Ireland in the past and the hope which we live in now as a result of the successful repeal of the eight amendment.
Dr Mary Favier is a specialist in family medicine and is in practice in Cork city. She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is a guest teacher on the UCC post graduate general practitioner training scheme. She has been Chair of Education in the ICGP and is currently president elect of the ICGP. She advocated improving clinical care by introducing early medical abortion provision in a primary care setting in Ireland.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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.
Apprehension on all sides before launch of Irish abortion services
Legislation and logistics have been fast-tracked to turn last May’s vote into reality
Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
Tue 1 Jan 2019
Ireland is poised to roll out its first regular abortion services in the coming weeks in the wake of the referendum vote to lift the country’s near-total ban on abortion.
Politicians and officials fast-tracked legislation and logistical preparations to turn last year’s landslide vote in favour of liberalisation into reality for women who wish to terminate pregnancies.
GPs must warn women of medical abortion failure rate, say new guidelines
December 20 2018
GPs have been told to inform every woman who is about to have a medical abortion that it has a failure rate and that unrestricted termination cannot be provided beyond 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The advice is outlined in a set of interim guidelines issued to GPs by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) in advance of the wider availability of abortion, due to come into effect on January 1.
GPs given clinical guidelines for abortion services
Wednesday, 19 Dec 2018
By Fergal Bowers, Health Correspondent
The Irish College of General Practitioners has issued family doctors with interim clinical guidelines, for doctors who wish to provide termination of pregnancy services once it is legalised.
It said that GPs must have access to an ultrasound facility, if a query about the gestation period, or complications arise.
Clinical guidelines on abortion services to be published
Training for GPs and gynaecologists ahead of introduction of services in January
Dec 16, 2018
Harry McGee, Elaine Edwards
Clinical guidelines on the provision of abortion services in the State will be published by two key medical bodies on Monday ahead of the introduction of the service in the new year.
The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), will circulate guidelines to all their members as part of the preparations.
Conscientious objection: GP abortion meeting ‘bitter, chaotic, uncivil’
Dozens of doctors walked out of event claiming ‘serious crisis’ over abortion services
Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Bitter, chaotic, uncivil and vitriolic are just some of the words used by doctors to describe the stormy extraordinary general meeting of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) that took place behind closed doors on Sunday.
The meeting highlighted deep divisions within the medical profession on abortion (no less than in the rest of society) and on the specific issue of conscientious objection.
Abortion guidelines for doctors will not be ready for rollout date
Peter Boylan says ‘inevitably, there will be problems’ and nobody should expect ‘perfection’ from service
Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Revised ethical guidelines for doctors on abortion and conscientious objection will not be ready in time for the planned rollout of termination services next month, it has emerged.
The Medical Council believes it is better to get the guidelines right rather than to rush them in time for the Government’s deadline for the introduction of abortion on January 1st, its president, Dr Rita Doyle, told a closed meeting of GPs.