Doctors have stressed the need for legal clarity to allow them to act in line with their own conscience and personally held views if the country’s abortion laws are changed.
Health Minister Simon Harris has promised the draft legislation, setting out proposals to widen grounds for abortion, will be published next month. . . If controversial proposals to allow unrestricted access to abortion pills in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy go ahead, GPs in particular will be in the frontline for delivering the service.
The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) said that, as is the case across the community, individual doctors hold different and often strongly held views on matters like abortion. . . [Full text]