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Donal O Mathuna: Suicide aspect of abortion bill must be removed to save unborn lives

The heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 have several sound provisions. Where a real and substantial risk to a pregnant woman's life exists, clear procedures and explanations are provided for everyone involved.

Doctors must "in good faith" determine that the only way to avert the death of a pregnant woman is through termination of her pregnancy. Assessments and terminations must be carried out in facilities with all appropriate obstetric and mental health specialists to ensure women receive the best care available. The medical certification process is framed around current medical ethical principles and constitutional requirements that place a duty on doctors "to preserve the life of the unborn as far as practicable".

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