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Woman at centre of abortion row ‘sad, depressed but not suicidal’

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Ms Y was judged to be sad and depressed but not suicidal

Ms Y was judged to be sad and depressed but not suicidal

Ms Y was judged to be sad and depressed but not suicidal

THE young woman at the centre of the latest abortion controversy was judged to be “sad and depressed” in the earlier stages of her pregnancy rather than suicidal, according to a draft of a report into her care.

The woman known as Ms Y was described as having “a strong death wish” after becoming pregnant following a rape, but none of the staff in agencies who assessed her thought she was at real and substantial risk of taking her own life.

However, she was also the victim of a lack of co-ordination between the agencies who did not have agreed protocols sharing information.

The initial conclusions have emerged in a draft report of an inquiry team set up by the HSE to examine Ms Y’s care.

The inquiry was set up after major questions emerged about her treatment, particularly the delay involved in referring her to a three-doctor panel to assess whether she was suicidal and should be given an abortion.

The young asylum seeker had arrived in Ireland earlier in the year and after a medical examination in April was told she was seven weeks pregnant.

The woman, who was raped in another country, was referred to the Irish Family Planning Association and informed staff she wanted an abortion.

However, she was not referred to a GP until late in her pregnancy. She continued to seek an abortion and was referred to the three-doctor panel.

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The doctors deemed her suicidal – but arranged for the baby to be delivered at 25 weeks.

An initial draft report, obtained by RTE’s ‘Prime Time’, states that although Ms Y was undoubtedly extremely distressed and traumatised, none of the documentation reviewed, nor the interviews conducted by staff from various agencies, identified that she was at real and substantial risk of suicide.

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