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IrelandHarris says all maternity hospitals 'should be in a position' to offer abortion services after Kilkenny medics letter

14:46  25 june  2019
14:46  25 june  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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MINISTER FOR HEALTH Simon Harris has said that it is the policy of the Department of Health that all 19 maternity hospitals in Ireland should be in a position to provide termination of pregnancy services , following a letter sent by four doctors at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny last week.

The unit in Kilkenny is at the centre of controversy after the existing four obstetricians said it was not an “appropriate location” for the service introduced last On Monday, the hospital group said it was working closely with St Luke’s to prepare a termination service . “In order to provide this specialised

Harris says all maternity hospitals 'should be in a position' to offer abortion services after Kilkenny medics letter © Brian Lawless Health Minister Simon Harris (Brian Lawless/PA) MINISTER FOR HEALTH Simon Harris has said that it is the policy of the Department of Health that all 19 maternity hospitals in Ireland should be in a position to provide termination of pregnancy services, following a letter sent by four doctors at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny last week.

Harris said he had asked his officials to engage with the HSE over this letter, where the doctors said that abortions should not be offered at the hospital.

In that letter sent to the Ireland East Hospital Group chief executive, it said the four consultant obstetricians at St Luke’s had “decided unanimously that the hospital is not an appropriate location for medical or surgical terminations”.

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Simon Harris said additional resources had been allocated to provide termination of pregnancy services this year, “including the provision of services at St Luke’s” in Kilkenny . He said it was department policy that all 19 maternity units — not just the current 10 — should be in a position to

Abortion and miscarriage are linked to an increased risk of premature death in women, while live birth is associated with improved longevity. The negative effects are greater for abortion than miscarriage, Each abortion exposure increases the risk of early death by about fifty percent.

It added: “In the event of professional and values training of staff willing to participate in such procedures, the hospital remains an unsuitable location for these services.”

There are currently nine maternity hospitals in the country which don’t yet offer termination of pregnancy services. Abortion services are available up to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy without restrictions, but only available in certain circumstances after that.

Harris says all maternity hospitals 'should be in a position' to offer abortion services after Kilkenny medics letter © Leah Farrell Rollingnews.ie Minister for Health Simon Harris In the first instance, a woman seeking a termination presents to her GP and it is often the case in the first trimester that a surgical abortion in a hospital is not necessary. In a case where a surgical abortion is necessary, the woman is referred to a hospital for treatment.

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And people who aren’t already parents when they get an abortion often go on to have a baby later, when they feel they are in a better position to be a No one should pressure you into making any decision about your pregnancy, no matter what. So it’s important to get the info and support you need

An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it doesn't result in the birth of a baby. It's also sometimes known as a termination. The pregnancy is ended either by taking medications or having a minor surgical procedure. One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime.

Groups such as Doctors for Choice criticised the letter from the St Luke’s obstetricians, saying that it was an “entirely unacceptable institutional objection” and called on Minister Harris to address the issue.

Harris replied on Twitter to say “I’m on it”, and a spokesperson for the minister told TheJournal.ie this evening that additional resources have been allocated to provide for the termination of pregnancy services this year, including at St Luke’s.

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The spokesperson said: “It is acknowledged that 10 out of 19 maternity hospitals/units are providing the full service.

However, the HSE has advised that additional units are expected to begin providing termination of pregnancy services in the coming months. However, it is the Department of Health’s policy that all nineteen maternity hospitals should be in a position to provide termination of pregnancy services under the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.

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We also offer feeding support at our postnatal clinics on Thursdays and Sundays. Hospital -based midwife and consultant-led clinics are held Monday to Friday in Suite 8, 3rd floor, Golden Jubilee King's Maternity Service catchment area. This service is offered to women living in the following

In an open letter , they say : “The article was supposed to be read by other fellow bioethicists who were already familiar with this topic and our arguments,” referencing debate “However, we never meant to suggest that after -birth abortion should become legal. This was not made clear enough in the paper.

So far, 325 GPs have signed up to offer abortion services in a community setting.

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