Saturday 20 January 2018

'Abortion should be safe, legal and rare'

The death after a miscarriage of Savita Halappanavar once again dominates bitter debate on abortion laws, writes Maeve Sheehan

Dr Peter Boylan criticised remarks by pro-life senator Ronan Mullen. Photo: David Conachy
Dr Peter Boylan criticised remarks by pro-life senator Ronan Mullen. Photo: David Conachy
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

THE obstetrician Peter Boylan has criticised remarks by a pro-life senator about Savita Halappanavar as "repugnant", "outrageous" and deserving of an apology.

Dr Boylan, who was an expert witness at Ms Halappanavar's inquest, said the remarks by Senator Ronan Mullen during a radio interview overstepped the mark of decency, judgment and good taste.

The former Master of the National Maternity Hospital also criticised what he said were attempts to question his professional reputation following his appearance at the Oireachtas Committee examining Ireland's abortion laws 10 days ago.

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