Tuesday 22 August 2017

Carol Hunt: Savita scenario 'could happen again'

Proposed abortion legislation is limited and fails to provide for circumstances like Savita's, says Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

LAST week, in an attempt – amidst all the confusion and noise, the spin and counter-spin – to find a clear, unbiased view of what this new Protection of Life During Pregnancy bill may mean to women with crisis pregnancies, I called up Dr Simon Mills, a barrister who specialises in medical ethics, for a chat about the proposed legislation.

In January, Mills gave evidence to the Oireachtas Committee. (He had submitted a draft bill that took both the X-Case ruling and other cases into account.) Until 2011 he was a part-time GP, and so he has first-hand medical experience in this particular field; he holds an MSc in medicinal ethics in which his thesis dealt with legislation for abortion in a pluralist society. He said at the hearing that he adopts "no position, one way or the other, on the question of abortion".

If he isn't qualified to give an expert, objective view, then I don't know who is.

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