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.
The Eighth Amendment would first have to be repealed in the upcoming referendum before any legislation could follow.
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. . . . [Full Text]