Thursday 8 December 2016

Editorial - State needs to review the 2013 Abortion Act

Published 19/08/2014 | 02:30

Last year's abortion legislation was introduced in the wake of the death of Savita Halappanavar
Last year's abortion legislation was introduced in the wake of the death of Savita Halappanavar

THE full facts of the case of a young asylum seeker refused an abortion are yet to emerge. But it is already apparent that the substantive and procedural rights afforded to women under the new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act may not be fully accessible.

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The case is the first example of suicide being cited as a grounds for the termination of a pregnancy under the new abortion laws whose own birth was dominated by disputes over the inclusion of the suicide clause to bring Ireland's law into line with the 1992 X Case.

If the teenage rape victim requested a termination as far back as April, it begs questions as to why she was not referred to a GP or relevant health professional to ascertain if she was suitable for assessment under the act.

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