Ireland – First widespread administration of abortion pills likely to take place today

First widespread administration of abortion pills likely to take place today
Law requires at least three days elapse between a consultation and a termination

Jan 7, 2018
Paul Cullen

Today marks the day when Ireland’s new abortion service gets under way in earnest, with the first women likely to receive their medication in GP surgeries around the State.

With legislation requiring that at least three days elapse between a consultation with a doctor and a termination, a woman who visited a GP surgery that reopened last Wednesday, January 2nd, would have been due to take mifepristone, a drug that stops the pregnancy, on Saturday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/first-widespread-administration-of-abortion-pills-likely-to-take-place-today-1.3749467

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Ireland – No abortion service being provided in four counties

No abortion service being provided in four counties
Not a single GP in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly signs up to the new service

Sat, Jan 5, 2019
Paul Cullen

No abortions are being provided in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly because not a single GP in the four counties has signed up to the new service.

At the end of the first week since abortion became legal, the number of GPs who have agreed to perform medical abortions has risen to 200, from 187 on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/no-abortion-service-being-provided-in-four-counties-1.3748059

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Ireland – Abortion: 162 GPs enough to end need to travel abroad – Harris

Abortion: 162 GPs enough to end need to travel abroad – Harris
Thirty doctors signed up do not want HSE to give their details out to avoid being targeted

Dec 29, 2018
Colm Keena, Jennifer Bray, Patsy McGarry

The 162 doctors signed up to provide abortion services in the State will “be enough” to ensure that women do not have to go abroad to terminate a pregnancy after January 1st, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

An uneven geographic spread of services will be available from Tuesday, when GPs can begin prescribing the abortion pill to women up to nine weeks into a pregnancy and hospitals can provide terminations up to 12 weeks. However, there are two counties where no GP has signed up to the service.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-162-gps-enough-to-end-need-to-travel-abroad-harris-1.3743390

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‘Sheer Joy’: Ireland Will Have Free Abortion Care on January 1

‘Sheer Joy’: Ireland Will Have Free Abortion Care on January 1

Dec 17, 2018
Sarah Jaffe

Abortion in Ireland will be free, safe, and legal up to 12 weeks into pregnancy starting January 1, a major blow to the Catholic Church and opponents of the country’s abortion rights law, who tried to drag out the legislative process with support from U.S. anti-choice advisers.

To Bríd Smith, People Before Profit member of Irish parliament, the repeal of the Eighth Amendment banning abortion in Ireland was “one of those rare moments in life when you feel such joy, the sheer joy of beating back the Catholic Church’s agenda, really beating it back for once. And pride, because we put a huge amount of effort into it and had witnessed a new generation of young Irish people completely different to what we had known.”

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/12/17/sheer-joy-ireland-will-have-free-abortion-care-on-january-1/

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Ireland – ‘Growing number’ of GPs sign up for abortion service

'Growing number' of GPs sign up for abortion service

Eilish O'Regan
December 13 2018

The HSE is getting a "steady return" of contracts from GPs applying to provide a medical abortion service from January, it was claimed yesterday.

A HSE spokeswoman said the "number is increasing on a daily basis".

It is still unclear how many GPs will be ready to deliver the service from the start of next month, but potentially several hundred may have signed up.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/growing-number-of-gps-sign-up-for-abortion-service-37622054.html

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Ireland – Holles Street boss says full abortion services unlikely to be rolled out in January

Holles Street boss says full abortion services unlikely to be rolled out in January

Mícheál Ó Scannáil
December 8 2018

Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony has said that Simon Harris' promise to roll out a full abortion service by January is unlikely.

Speaking on RTÉ's Marian Finucane Show, Dr Mahony said that while some services may be available, it would be a “big ask” for the entire service to be rolled out by January 1.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/holles-street-boss-says-full-abortion-services-unlikely-to-be-rolled-out-in-january-37606971.html

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Ireland – Boylan warns against delay to abortion introduction

Boylan warns against delay to abortion introduction

Friday, 7 Dec 2018

The number of people seeking abortion services in Irish hospitals once they are introduced is "not going to be huge," according to the clinical adviser to the HSE's National Women and Infants Programme.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Dr Peter Boylan said he understood medical colleagues had "genuine concerns" about the introduction of such services, but said he felt "they are more around the area of change".

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/health/2018/1207/1015814-abortion/

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Abortion in Ireland: A guide to how it will work

Abortion in Ireland: A guide to how it will work
Everything you need to know before the planned introduction of termination services

Dec 7, 2018
Paul Cullen

With just three weeks to go before the planned introduction of abortion in Ireland, there remains widespread scepticism among health professionals that the deadline of January 1st will be met. The legislation to give effect to the measure still has to complete its passage through the Oireachtas and questions about resources and supports have still to be fully answered. The thorny issue of conscientious objection also looms large for many doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and existing Medical Council ethical guidelines governing the medical profession will not be revised in time for the deadline.

Notwithstanding these considerable doubts, the Government and in particular Minister for Health Simon Harris has made the provision of abortion by the start of next month an absolute priority. At this point, it therefore seems likely the service will begin as planned in the New Year.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-in-ireland-a-guide-to-how-it-will-work-1.3724020

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Ireland – Master’s voice: Mahony stresses need to properly fund abortion services

Master's voice: Mahony stresses need to properly fund abortion services

Eilish O'Regan
December 1 2018

Outspoken Dr Rhona Mahony, who finishes her seven-year term as Master of the National Maternity Hospital this month, has appealed for the new extended abortion service to be properly resourced. The privacy of women availing of the service and the staff involved must also be protected, she said.

Dr Mahony, who was a prominent supporter of the Repeal the Eighth campaign, has revealed that 60 women attending the hospital during 2016, whose unborn baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality, travelled to Britain for a termination.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/masters-voice-mahony-stresses-need-to-properly-fund-abortion-services-37583677.html

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Ireland – Peter Boylan ‘pretty confident’ abortion services will be in place by 2019 deadline

Peter Boylan 'pretty confident' abortion services will be in place by 2019 deadline

18/11/2018

The man in charge of implementing abortion services here has said he is confident they will be available in Ireland by the beginning of next year.

The former master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Peter Boylan, is confident the January timeline set by Health Minister Simon Harris can be met.

Continued: https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/peter-boylan-pretty-confident-abortion-services-will-be-in-place-by-2019-deadline-886142.html

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