Waiting times, deadlines and objections: Issues before abortion introduced

Waiting times, deadlines and objections: Issues before abortion introduced

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

When the Government promised a referendum on the Eighth Amendment last year few would have predicted that Ministers would hope to establish abortion services in Ireland by next January.

Legislation allowing for terminations in Ireland was introduced in the Dáil just over a week ago. But it is uncertain whether the Government will meet that timeline.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/analysis-and-comment/2018/1012/1002851-abortion-delays-objections/

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Ireland – Stakeholders meet on introduction of abortion services

Stakeholders meet on introduction of abortion services
Simon Harris said it was a priority of the Government to develop a woman-centred, safe and regulated service in January 2019

Monday, 8 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely

A round-table discussion has taken place between the main stakeholders in the introduction of abortion services. The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, the Chairman of the Institute of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians, Dr Peter Boylan, and officials from Department of Health met last week to discuss the issue.

Concerns were raised last month at the Oireachtas Committee on Health over the need for the Department, the HSE and clinical stakeholders to meet about the service which is expected to be up and running in January.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1008/1001696-abortion/

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Ireland – Doctors call for legislation to protect conscientious objectors in abortion services

Doctors call for legislation to protect conscientious objectors in abortion services
Nurses and midwives hope ‘current protections will apply in the future’

Fri, Oct 5, 2018
Patsy McGarry

The Department of Health is to meet medical colleges including the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to discuss clinical protocols to deliver an abortion service, a spokeswoman for the Irish Medical Organisation has said. It is the largest medical representative body and trade union in Ireland.

It was “important that medical professionals can, on a conscientious basis, choose not to deliver this service,” she said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/doctors-call-for-legislation-to-protect-conscientous-objectors-in-abortion-services-1.3653149

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Ireland – Anomaly scans will not be ready in time for abortion roll out

Anomaly scans will not be ready in time for abortion roll out

Eilish O'Regan
September 25 2018

It will be 2019 before all pregnant women are automatically offered an anomaly scan to find out if their baby has a fatal foetal abnormality, it emerged yesterday.

The long-awaited extension of the service is unlikely to be on time for the new abortion legislation, which is due to come into force in January and will allow women, whose baby has been diagnosed with this condition, to have a termination in this country.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/anomaly-scans-will-not-be-ready-in-time-for-abortion-roll-out-37351561.html

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Ireland – Simon Harris includes new funds for abortion bill to meet its pledges

Simon Harris includes new funds for abortion bill to meet its pledges

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
September 24 2018

Resources for abortion services, including improved ultrasound scan services in maternity hospitals, will be included in this year’s budget, The Times understands.

Simon Harris, the health minister, will join on Saturday a March for Choice, the first since the referendum in May, when voters supported an end to the ban.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/simon-harris-includes-new-funds-for-abortion-bill-to-meet-its-pledges-n6kctwq2d

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Ireland – Health Minister: Charging for abortions would lead to private clinics popping up around the country

Health Minister: Charging for abortions would lead to private clinics popping up around the country

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Latest: The Health Minister says charging for abortions would lead to private clinics popping up around the country.

Yesterday the 8th amendment was officially removed from the constitution - following May's referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/doctors-concerned-about-public-reaction-if-they-refuse-abortion-services-869988.html

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Ireland – Lack of training and equipment worries doctors ahead of abortion deadline

Lack of training and equipment worries doctors ahead of abortion deadline

Press Association 2018
Sep 19, 2018

Doctors have voiced concern over whether the Irish Health Service will be ready to start carrying out abortions by January 2019.

The Oireachtas Health Committee heard warnings from doctors that more investment is needed in the health service to adapt to the “new reality” ahead.

Continued: https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16889531.lack-of-training-and-equipment-worries-doctors-ahead-of-abortion-deadline/

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Ireland – Concern over timeline for introducing abortion services

Concern over timeline for introducing abortion services

Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018
RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has said he intends to meet medical professionals shortly regarding clinical guidelines being prepared for abortion services here.

Simon Harris's comments come following today's Oireachtas Health Committee, at which concerns were raised by representatives of GPs, gynaecologists and obstetricians over the lack of meetings between stakeholders on the matter.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0919/994727-abortion/

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Ireland – ‘Very, very difficult’: Doctors raise doubts over abortion services timeline

‘Very, very difficult’: Doctors raise doubts over abortion services timeline
Oireachtas health committee is told start date for GP-led structure from early next year is ‘challenging’

Wed, Sep 19, 2018

Doctors have expressed concerns that they will not be able to implement the Government’s plan to roll out GP-led abortion services from its intended start date in January.

Representatives from the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists raised doubts at the Oireachtas health committee about being able to implement guidelines and provide abortion services by the Government’s proposed start-date early next year.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/very-very-difficult-doctors-raise-doubts-over-abortion-services-timeline-1.3634396

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Ireland – GPs may decide nine-week limit to allow abortion

GPs may decide nine-week limit to allow abortion

Eilish O'Regan
August 21 2018

Family doctors may decline to provide a medical abortion to a woman who is more than nine weeks' pregnant if access to ultrasound is not available.

Proposed legislation widening the grounds for abortion following repeal of the Eighth Amendment will allow medical terminations up to 12 weeks in pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/gps-may-decide-nineweek-limit-to-allow-abortion-37235995.html

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