HSE ordered to ensure abortion service from January 1st

Department asks all 19 maternity units for updates on availability of service Minister says doctors have right to object but women have a right to healthcare

The Irish Times

Jennifer Bray and Paul Cullen

The Department of Health has told the Health Service Executive to ensure abortion will be available in all 19 maternity units from January 1st, amid continuing uncertainty over whether the Government’s deadline for the introduction of the service will be met.

The department has also asked the units to provide updates on how they plan to provide for abortion services from the New Year. Doctors in a number of smaller maternity units have said they do not have the resources to provide the service from next month. . . [Full text]

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