Abortion services crisis as GPs walk out

But there are fears legislation will not have been passed by January 1

Irish Examiner

Catherine Shanahan

The prospect of women being able to access abortion services in Ireland in just four weeks’ time is looking increasingly uncertain following the escalation of a row between family doctors and their training body — and the snail’s pace at which the proposed legislation is moving through the Dáil.

An extraordinary general meeting of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) held at the behest of members was thrown into disarray yesterday when dozens of doctors walked out in protest that their views were not being taken onboard ahead of the January 1 deadline for the introduction of abortion. . . [Full text]

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]

GPs walk out of EGM over concerns about abortion services


Update: Dozens of GPs staged a walk-out of the Irish College of General Practitioners’ Extraordinary General Meeting today.

300 members attended the meeting to discuss the provision of abortion services by GPs.

According to the ICGP, 50 or so GPs walked-out after 30 minutes over objections to the official procedure of the meeting.

However, Killarney-based GP Dr Andrew O’Regan, who is Pro Life, said about one-third of the group of more than 300 walked out when the board of the ICGP “refused to accept members’ motions from the floor”. . . [Full text]

He did it: uproar over Chinese gene-edited babies


Michael Cook

A Chinese scientist has faced widespread condemnation for editing the genome of two babies at his lab in the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, together with an American colleague.

The researcher, He Jiankui, outlined his work at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong. His experiments have not been peer reviewed or published so it is impossible for other scientists to verify his claims. In a Q&A session, He came under heavy fire from other scientists. . . Full text