Abortion: Taoiseach says around 60 GPs can provide service

Varadkar is not concerned that GPs might seek to block roll-out of abortion next year

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said we ‘don’t need 4,000 GPs to provide this service’.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said we ‘don’t need 4,000 GPs to provide this service’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he thinks 50 or 60 GPs would be sufficient to carry out abortions given that just six women in Ireland seek medical abortions every day.

Mr Varadkar insisted no GP would be forced to perform a termination of pregnancy against a conscientious objection but if they object, they must refer patients on to GPs who will.

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