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 Since the Eighth Amendment was repealed and legislation came into force, 317 GPs have been contracted to provide termination of pregnancy (ToP) services in Ireland, as of January 2.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.
Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place
The HSE has said that “service demand remains within the predicted limits” in relation to abortion services.
Apr 20, 2019
THERE ARE 10 maternity units providing abortion services out of a total of 19 units across the country, over three months after Ireland’s abortion laws have been legalised.
The HSE has said that nine maternity units had provided abortion services from the start of this year, and that one additional maternity unit had since begun to offer the service.
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.
Ireland Rings in New Year With Free and Legal Abortion
Jan 2, 2019
January marks the first month women in Ireland can receive free, legal abortions in the country, months after voters chose to repeal a decades-long ban on the procedure.
Clinics are still preparing, the Guardian reports, as Irish president Michael Higgins signed the regulation of termination of pregnancy bill into law on December 20. However, at least nine of the state’s 19 maternity units and several outside clinics are planning to open this month. The government has also created “safe access zones” which ban anti-abortion protesters from harassing patients and staff at clinics and has set up a hotline to direct patients to local 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.
Timeline: The history of abortion in Ireland
Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May of this year.
Dec 30. 2018
The amendment, which gave equal status to the life of the mother and the life of the unborn, was added to the Constitution in 1983. Some people had been campaigning for its removal from Bunreacht na hÉireann since then, while others fiercely defended it.
The country voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to remove the amendment, with over two million votes cast.
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.