Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to hold meeting on abortion

Doctors to discuss proposed abortion legislation but opposing views likely to surface

The Irish Times

Marie O’Halloran

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Friday to discuss the Government’s proposed abortion legislation.

Divergence of views on abortion proposals is expected to arise but chairman of the institute Dr Peter Boylan rejected a claim made by retired obstetrician Dr Eamon McGuinness that there was “possibly a little dispute” on the executive about the decision to support repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Dr Boylan said 19 of the executive’s approximately 25 members attended the executive meeting at which the decision was made to support repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

“Everybody voted in favour of the institute being in favour of repeal. There was one abstention but nobody voted against it,” he said.

Draft Irish Abortion Law: Protection of Conscience

Testimony before the Joint Committee on Health and Children Houses of the Oireachtas (Tithe an Oireachtais) Dublin, Ireland 17-21 May, 2013

  • 17 May, 2013
    • Policy: Overview of Head of Bill
    • Regulatory and Representative Bodies
    • Obstetric Care Facilities: Larger Hospitals
    • Obstetric Care Facilities: Smaller Hospitals
  • 20 May, 2013
    • Psychiatry and Perinatal Psychiatrists
    • Psychiatry
  • 21 May, 2013
    • Medical Law
    • Constitutional Law
    • Medical Ethics

A “medical misadventure” in Ireland

Deaths of Savita & Prasa Halappanavar

Galway, Ireland: 21-28 October, 2012

Sean Murphy*

Savita Halappanavar was a 31 year old woman who was 17 weeks pregnant when she presented at the University Hospital, Galway, on 21 October, 2012, with a miscarriage.  She spontaneously delivered a stillborn daughter, Prasa, on the afternoon of 24 October, and died from sepsis early on 28 October.  The circumstances of her death generated a hurricane of controversy in Ireland and around the world about Irish abortion law.  A coroner’s inquest held in Galway in April, 2013 resulted in the classification of Savita’s death as a “medical misadventure.”

What follows is a chronological account of Savita’s care and treatment from 21 to 28 October, drawn from newspaper reports of the evidence taken at the inquest.  [Read more . . .]



‘Expert panel’ on abortion generates controversy in Ireland

A panel of 13 ‘experts’ chaired by Mr. Justice Seán Ryan of the High Court of Ireland is to study a European Court of Human Rights ruling on abortion and advise the government what should be done in response [News release; Irish Times].  Four members of the panel – Mary O’Toole, Dr. Peter Boylan, Dr. Deirdre Madden, and Ailish Ní Riain – have been identified by anti-abortion groups in the country as having previously indicated that they favour legalizing abortion or reducing restrictions on it.   [Life Institute 16 Jan 2012, 20 Jan 2012]