Apprehension on all sides before launch of Irish abortion services

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.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/01/apprehension-on-all-sides-before-launch-of-irish-abortion-services

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Ireland – GPs must warn women of medical abortion failure rate, say new guidelines

GPs must warn women of medical abortion failure rate, say new guidelines

Eilish O'Regan
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.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/gps-must-warn-women-of-medical-abortion-failure-rate-say-new-guidelines-37643513.html

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Ireland – GPs given clinical guidelines for abortion services

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.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/health/2018/1219/1018171-abortion/

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Ireland – Clinical guidelines on abortion services to be published

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.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/clinical-guidelines-on-abortion-services-to-be-published-1.3733327

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Ireland – Conscientious objection: GP abortion meeting ‘bitter, chaotic, uncivil’

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
Paul Cullen

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.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/conscientious-objection-gp-abortion-meeting-bitter-chaotic-uncivil-1.3718864

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Ireland – Abortion guidelines for doctors will not be ready for rollout date

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
Paul Cullen

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.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-guidelines-for-doctors-will-not-be-ready-for-rollout-date-1.3718966

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Ireland – Doctors stage walkout at meeting over abortion services

Doctors stage walkout at meeting over abortion services

Sunday, 2 Dec 2018
By Sharon Tobin

Up to 50 GPs walked out of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Irish College of General Practitioners today, complaining that their voices have not been heard ahead of the introduction of abortion services in January.

The group of largely anti-abortion doctors wanted to vote on a series of motions but were refused that request.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/1202/1014612-gps-meeting-about-concerns-over-abortion-services/

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Ireland – Abortion service to use private firms for ultrasound facilities

Abortion service to use private firms for ultrasound facilities
HSE seeks tenders to furnish ultrasound due to length of public health system waiting lists

Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Paul Cullen

Private firms are to be used to provide scans for women as part of the provision of abortion services from next year, due to long waiting lists in the public health system.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has asked private operators to tender for the provision of all forms of ultrasound at 12 sites across the country. Part of this service will relate to maternal care, including scans ordered by GPs for women seeking a termination of pregnancy, it is understood.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-service-to-use-private-firms-for-ultrasound-facilities-1.3716344

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Ireland – Pro-life doctors’ fury over motions being scrapped

Pro-life doctors' fury over motions being scrapped

Friday, November 23, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin, Political Correspondent

A group of pro-life doctors have accused the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) of "completely sidestepping" their concerns around the roll-out of abortion services.

However, the College emphasised no doctor who has a conscientious objection to abortion will be required to provide the service.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/pro-life-doctors-fury-over-motions-being-scrapped-887442.html

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Ireland – Abortion: Wait rather than risk a tragedy

Abortion: Wait rather than risk a tragedy

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Government hopes to pass abortion legislation before Christmas and Taoiseach Leo Varadakar has said he is confident the Government’s timeline to have pregnancy termination services available in January 2019 can be met.

Those are both big asks as the process of setting up the service has already met a number of hurdles. In the first instance, there remains a cohort of TDs and senators opposed to introducing abortion services here and they will do anything they can to stop or delay it.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/ourview/abortion-wait-rather-than-risk-a-tragedy-885875.html

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