Tuesday 14 August 2018

GPs will give pills for most abortions so hospitals will not face flood of patients

Master of Holles Street Dr Rhona Mahony believes hospitals are ready to provide care

Alan O'Keeffe

Ireland's health services will cope well with providing pregnancy terminations without the need for a significant boost in resources.

The vast majority of abortions will be brought about using pills that induce miscarriage and only a very small percentage of cases will require a visit to a hospital, said Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital.

It is envisaged that terminations up to 12 weeks will be performed through the use of pills provided to women by GPs.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss