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Is abortion legal in Ireland?

Since the Government introduced abortion legislation in 2013, abortion is legal throughout the full nine months of pregnancy on a threat of suicide, without any medical evidence to back such a claim up.

Three medical staff need to sign off on the abortion – two psychiatrists and one obstetrician. This appears restrictive but two signatures are required for an abortion in Britain and they still have one of the highest rates of abortion in the world.

The rate in Britain is currently 1 in 5. This means 20% of all pregnancies in England and Wales end in abortion and almost 185,000 lives were ended in 2o14 for this reason.See:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/433437/2014_Commentary__5_.pdf

This is a colossal rise in the rate of abortion since it was first legalised in 1967, when the rate was 1 in 40.

The 2013 Abortion Bill in Ireland was highly contentious. Many psychiatrists felt it was flawed and members of the medical profession said they had a duty to patients to adopt best practice and an evidence-based approach in everything they do.

Where a woman has an underlying mental health illness, abortion is not the answer. It is not a medical treatment for suicidal ideation. Psychiatrists are the ones asked to assess a woman’s eligibility for abortion. They can ask questions to determine how suicidal she is, they can suggest alternatives but they have no way of knowing whether a woman will commit suicide or not or whether abortion will affect her decision.

A total of 113 psychiatrists signed a statement saying that legislation, which would allow for abortion as a treatment for threat of suicide, had “no basis in medical evidence available”. The full statement can be read here: http://prolifecampaign.ie/main/statement-by-consultant-psychiatrists-expressing-concern-with-government-plans-on-abortion/