Thursday, 8 August 2013

Late change could allow Mater opt out of providing abortions

A late change to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act could enable the Mater hospital to opt out of providing abortions under the legislation.
The draft legislation stated that no institution could refuse to provide a termination – but this was removed before the final Bill was published. At the time, Government sources explained the move by saying it was felt that the provision was unnecessary as it was “highly unlikely” an institution could refuse to provide termination.
“We see absolutely no indication or room for an institution to have a conscientious objection,” Minister for Health James Reilly said at the time the legislation was published.

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