Less than 15% of GPs sign up to provide abortion services
Doctors providing new service have overwhemingly positive view
Dec 30, 2019
Paul Cullen, Jennifer Bray
One year after its introduction, the number of women using Ireland’s new abortion service remains a closely-guarded secret.
Official figures will not be published until well into next year, but the estimates from those involved in providing the service have been reduced from an initial 10,000 a year to about 5,000. The vast majority are being performed by GPs prescribing pills in the community.
Coombe hospital obstetrician appointed HSE clinical lead for abortion
Services are available in 10 out of 19 maternity units, and through 347 GPs in the community
Dec 30, 2019
Paul Cullen Health Editor
Dr Aoife Mullally, an obstetrician at the Coombe hospital in Dublin, has been appointed HSE clinical lead for abortion, a year after the service was introduced.
Dr Mullally’s main task in the part-time post will be to ensure the roll out of termination of pregnancy in more maternity units, and in GP surgeries and other community settings.
Imperfect system and cruel barriers still stopping women access abortion
By Joyce Fegan
Monday, June 03, 2019
There has been a drop of up to 85% in the number of Irish women travelling to Britain for abortions, one year on since the Eighth Amendment was repealed from the Irish Constitution.
Nine women had been leaving Ireland every day to have a termination in Britain.
At least 2,500 women may seek an abortion next year
December 15 2018
More than 2,500 women may seek a medical abortion from a GP or maternity hospital next year.
The figure is based on the number of early terminations recorded by UK clinics last year among women who travelled from the Republic of Ireland.
Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift
By Ed O’Loughlin
Dec. 6, 2018
DUBLIN — Fighting off last-ditch resistance, Irish lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill introducing free and legal abortion to a nation that was long a bastion of staunchly conservative Catholicism, seven months after voters repealed a constitutional ban on abortion.
An often heated session of the Parliament’s lower house on Wednesday had to be extended several times, as a small number of members — mainly independent conservatives — talked at length on dozens of amendments, almost all of which were voted down by large majorities. The bill’s opponents attempted to prolong the debate even further, which could have derailed the government’s plan to make abortion available in January.
Abortion Q&A: Everything you need to know from service availability to conscientious objection
Monday, December 03, 2018
By Catherine Shanahan, Health Correspondent
Health correspondent Catherine Shanahan answers all the pressing questions concerning the abortion legislation
Q: When will abortion be legally available in Ireland?
A: In theory, from January 1, 2019. The new law will provide for a termination where there a risk to the life or serious harm to the health of a pregnant woman; where there is a fatal foetal abnormality; or where the pregnancy has not gone beyond 12 weeks.
GPs to be paid around €400 per abortion as roll-out of service nears
November 13 2018
GPs who deliver medical abortions are expected to be paid a fee in the region of €400 per patient.
The fee is expected to be finalised in talks between the Department of Health and the Irish Medical Organisation tomorrow.
25% of GPs won’t provide abortion service, finds poll
Friday, November 9, 2018
By Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner Reporter
A quarter of GPs will not provide an abortion service and would be reluctant to refer a pregnant woman to a colleague, a survey by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) found.
The ICGP’s online consultation process noted only a third (32%) of the 3,500 GPs surveyed are currently willing and able to provide termination of pregnancy services.
Health Committee hearing on abortion bill amendments
Tuesday, 6 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter
The Oireachtas Select Committee on Health has concluded its first day of deliberation over amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.
The Committee has concluded ten sections out of 26 sections, in which there are 180 amendments.
So far the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has not accepted any changes in the legislation.
Women to get abortion pills direct from GPs
October 16 2018
Women who have a medical abortion can be dispensed medication by their GP or hospital doctor.
It will mean that women who avail of abortion, when the law extending the grounds for termination is in force, will not have to fill a prescription in a pharmacy.
This will help to preserve their privacy and avert the need to have to produce a prescription script in public.