Students offered training in UK
Irish medical students are being offered a chance to "gain experience of abortion care" at a large London clinic.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said it was offering the medical students a week-long training place so that they could gain experience in women's reproductive care.
"Students . . . will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the many and varied reasons why women may present with an unplanned pregnancy or a pregnancy which cannot be carried to term," it said.
A spokeswoman said funding for students' travel and accommodation would be available from the international not-for-profit organisation Medical Students For Choice (MSFC).
Dr Richard Lyus, who will mentor students particip-ating in the scheme, said: "We know doctors in Ireland may need to assist a woman whose life is threatened by her pregnancy. They may also be called upon to provide information to a woman considering abortion overseas.
"Some of these women may require medical care and support when they return home," he added.