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Pressure on HSE over risky abortion advice

THE HSE is under mounting pressure to answer questions on revelations about illegal and medically dangerous abortion advice given at state-funded pregnancy counselling services.

The Dail Health Committee has called on the organisation to provide "urgent" replies, following an Irish Independent expose into the advice given at Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) clinics.

A team of undercover investigators posed as women with crisis pregnancies. The team, some from the pro-life movement, secretly recorded responses by counsellors.

Staff at several IFPA clinics told women they could lie to doctors about having had an abortion, advice that could endanger their lives.

Elsewhere, counsellors told women how to source an abortion pill, illegal in Ireland, and smuggle it into the State.

The HSE, the Department of Health and IFPA refused to answer questions by this newspaper about whether the counsellors at the centre of the scandal have been suspended.

Irish Independent