Ireland – GPs group calls on Harris to ensure doctors must ‘opt in’ to provide abortion services

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GPs group calls on Harris to ensure doctors must 'opt in' to provide abortion services
The NAGP passed a series of motions after an emergency meeting today following the result of the referendum.

June 9, 2018

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of General Practitioners (NAGP) have held an emergency meeting to discuss the outcome of the Eighth Amendment referendum, and passed motions calling for an “opt-in” provision for doctors to provide abortion services.

The NAGP have also called for a conscientious objection provision to be inserted into any legislation passed by government in the wake of the referendum result.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-services-gps-4057863-Jun2018/

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Ireland – GPs warn of potential errors with abortion scans service

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GPs warn of potential errors with abortion scans service

Eilish O'Regan
June 4 2018

Ultrasound machines used by GPs to examine women seeking a medical abortion need to be reliable, otherwise there is a risk of a reading error similar to mistakes made by CervicalCheck, a leading GP has warned.

Dr John O'Brien, president of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), said the provision of ultrasound machines used to date a pregnancy is one of the many areas that must be worked out before services to provide abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy are ready.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/gps-warn-of-potential-errors-with-abortion-scans-service-36974092.html

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Together for Yes begins tour of Ireland ahead of abortion vote

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Together for Yes begins tour of Ireland ahead of abortion vote
Group embarks on 12-day trip to push for repeal of ‘unforgiving’ Eighth Amendment

Sun, May 6, 2018
Conor Pope

The Together for Yes group has embarked on a 12-day tour of 22 locations across the State in an effort to convince more voters to back repeal of the Eighth Amendment in the forthcoming referendum on the issue.

Co-director Orla O’Connor told the campaign group’s first “Get Together For Yes” gathering, held in Athlone on Sunday, that the May 25th ballot was not a vote on abortion as “we already have abortion in Ireland”, but a vote “to decide if we will regulate it, make it safe, and care for the women of Ireland”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/together-for-yes-begins-tour-of-ireland-ahead-of-abortion-vote-1.3486142

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Geraldine Kennedy: Why I am a reluctant Yes to repeal Eighth Amendment

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Geraldine Kennedy: Why I am a reluctant Yes to repeal Eighth Amendment
It’s a long way from what I voted against in 1983 to the right to abortion at 12 weeks ‘without any indication’

April 27, 2018
Geraldine Kennedy

There have been almost 30 referendums since the Constitution was adopted in 1937. I have covered the vast majority of them in my journalistic career. There have been more abortion questions put to the people in referendums than any other single issue in the history of the State. So, I have become something of a specialist on abortion. The referendum on May 25th is the sixth time around for me.

The first time was on September 7th, 1983, when the Eighth Amendment was put into the Constitution. It is hard to believe that it was held almost 35 years ago. This means every voter under the age of 53 years or so, depending on their political awareness, has no personal memory of that campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/geraldine-kennedy-why-i-am-a-reluctant-yes-to-repeal-eighth-amendment-1.3476601

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Ireland – Obstetricians’ body recommends Yes vote in abortion referendum

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Obstetricians’ body recommends Yes vote in abortion referendum
College ready to train Irish doctors to provide abortion services if referendum is passed

April 24, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which trains and accredits most Irish obstetricians, has expressed its support for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

In a statement, the college said it was ready to train Irish doctors to provide abortion services in the State if the referendum was passed on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/obstetricians-body-recommends-yes-vote-in-abortion-referendum-1.3473125

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Obstetricians to agree principles if Eighth Amendment repealed

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Obstetricians to agree principles if Eighth Amendment repealed
Extraordinary general meeting ‘very constructive’, says Institute of Obstetricians

Fri, Apr 13, 2018
Elaine Edwards

Obstetricians and gynaecologists have agreed to establish principles of safe practice that will “underpin safe care for women” in the event of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the constitution in next month’s referendum.

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists held an extraordinary general meeting on Friday.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/obstetricians-to-agree-principles-if-eighth-amendment-repealed-1.3461242

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Ireland – Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to hold meeting on abortion

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Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to hold meeting on abortion
Doctors to discuss proposed abortion legislation but opposing views likely to surface

April 11, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Friday to discuss the Government’s proposed abortion legislation.

Divergence of views on abortion proposals is expected to arise but chairman of the institute Dr Peter Boylan rejected a claim made by retired obstetrician Dr Eamon McGuinness that there was “possibly a little dispute” on the executive about the decision to support repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/obstetricians-and-gynaecologists-to-hold-meeting-on-abortion-1.3458520

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Ireland – Retired doctor says 8th Amendment did not stop him carrying out abortion

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Retired doctor says 8th Amendment did not stop him carrying out abortion
Former obstetrician says primary responsibility is to mother ‘even if life of baby at risk’

Tue, Apr 10, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

A former chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said nothing in the law had prevented him from carrying out an abortion where necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.

Dr Eamon McGuinness said a doctor’s primary duty lies in saving the mother and “giving her all the help she needs, even if that means that the life of the baby is at risk.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/retired-doctor-says-8th-amendment-did-not-stop-him-carrying-out-abortion-1.3457341

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Ireland – Government will seek to ban late-term abortions

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Government will seek to ban late-term abortions
Initiative to take effect if the Eighth Amendment removed from Constitution

Mar 26, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government will aim to prohibit late-term abortions except in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities, if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

Abortions which take place on the grounds of a threat to the life or health of the woman would not be permitted beyond viability, usually around the 23rd-24th week of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-will-seek-to-ban-late-term-abortions-1.3440056

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Ireland: Abortion causes cancer, women’s centre claims

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by Ellen Coyne, Catherine Sanz

September 5 2016, The Times

A Dublin-based pregnancy counselling centre has been secretly recorded advising that abortions cause breast cancer and can turn women into child abusers.

A counsellor at the clinic, which is unregulated under Irish law, was filmed giving advice to an undercover Times reporter that was described as dangerous, outrageous and inaccurate by the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Undercover footage shows techniques to pressure women out of having an abortion

The Women’s Centre on Berkeley Street in Dublin 7 advertises itself as an impartial source of advice for women who want to travel to the UK to access an abortion but has direct links to a Catholic anti-abortion group. It claims to have clinics in Cork, Galway, Sligo, London and Bristol.

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Source: The Times UK

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