Specialist medical group to implement new laws
A SPECIAL group comprising medical specialists and other doctors will be responsible for implementing the new abortion law.
The Department of Health will set up the new group, the aim of which is to produce guidelines on how they will all work together if a pregnant woman's life faces a real and substantial risk.
The group will comprise obstetricians, psychiatrists and GPs who will be central to making the key controversial elements of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill work.
It comes amid divisions among specialists on the inclusion of suicide as a possible grounds for abortion, which a significant number believe has no basis in medical evidence.
A key part of the guidelines will be how the different doctors unite to ensure a pregnant woman is looked after if one or more of the medics wants to opt out of her direct care on the grounds of conscience.