Doctors divided as HSE rushes to tick boxes on abortion

Pressure is mounting for the January 1 start date for termination services to be put back, writes Maeve Sheehan

Sunday Independent

Maeve Sheehan

HERE are 22 days to go before the roll-out of abortion services on January 1. It should be a historic occasion when the overwhelming support shown by Irish voters for a woman’s right to choose becomes reality.

But as the deadline looms, disquiet among some doctors that it is ambitious to the point of being unsafe has grown louder.

Doctors who campaigned strongest for a Yes vote in the referendum are now questioning the January 1 start date, chosen by Health Minister Simon Harris, and complaining about the lack of clarity. . . [Full text]

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