HSE ordered to ensure abortion availability from January 1st

Department asks all 19 maternity units for updates on abortion services rollout

Minister for Health Simon Harris said doctors had a right to conscientious objection but “women also have a right to healthcare” and “one right cannot trump another”.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said doctors had a right to conscientious objection but “women also have a right to healthcare” and “one right cannot trump another”.

The Department of Health has told the Health Service Executive to ensure abortion will be available in all 19 maternity units from January 1st, amid continuing uncertainty over whether the Government’s deadline for the introduction of the service will be met.

The department has also asked the 19 units to provide updates on how they plan to provide for abortion services from the New Year onwards. Doctors in a number of smaller maternity units have said they do not have the resources to provide the service from next month.

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