More cracks in Ireland’s new abortion Act

The Irish College of General Practitioners has added its voice to growing concern among health professionals at the enactment this week of the new abortion legislation without clinical guidelines, The Irish Times reports this morning.
Dr Miriam Daly, the college’s programme director for women’s health, said in a statement yesterday that commencement of the Protection of Life During Act 2013 without guidance on how it is to be implemented was “clearly unsatisfactory”.
The College of Psychiatrists has already advised its members not to take part in review panels provided for under the legislation, to assess pregnant women expressing suicidal thoughts, until clinical guidelines from the Department of Health are issued. Read full report here.

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