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Sunday 9 December 2018

GPs seek 'opt in' for abortions

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Alan O'Keeffe

Family doctors want to be allowed to operate a 'conscience' clause in dealing with requests for terminations of pregnancies.

An emergency general meeting of the National Association of General Practitioners, organised to deal with the result of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment in the Constitution, voted yesterday to seek leeway for doctors to avail of a conscientious objection provision.

They called on Health Minister Simon Harris to clarify what legislation he intends to bring regarding GP services and termination.

The association, representing 65pc of GPs in Ireland, passed a motion calling on the minister "to ensure an 'opt-in' provision for doctors who wish to provide a termination of pregnancy service" rather than making terminations part of routine GP service.

They called on Minster Harris to "commit to providing the appropriate resources to those providers enabling a safe and effective service".

Members want the Government to engage with the association "on all issues pertaining to this legislation and service delivery".

Sunday Independent

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