It will be recalled that throughout the referendum campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment, and indeed well before that point during the Oireachtas Committee hearings, it was continually stressed that the provision of abortion services would be GP led.
During the course of a Dáil debate yesterday evening on the establishment of the Cervical Check Tribunal Bill 2019, Deputy Mattie McGrath made the following comments in relation to Minister Simon Harris:
In January of this year the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published a document called ‘Interim clinical guidance on pathway for management of fatal fetal anomalies and/or life-limiting conditions during pregnancy: Termination of Pregnancy.’
With 30 as the average age of mothers now giving birth – ‘four years older than in the Seventies’ - the chairman of the British Fertility Society Dr Jane Stewart has ‘called for a shift in society, urging those hoping for children to start planning at a younger age, when their fertility was more secure’ (‘Put babies before your careers to avoid fertility “heartbreak”, couples told’, Telegraph, June 22, 2019).
In April 2018, the Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (FACS) Forum, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health to discuss the risks associated with the Epilepsy and Bipolar treatment drug marked and licensed in Ireland as Epilim.
The scandal surrounding the misdiagnosis and death of an unborn child in Holles Street continues. The parents have now indicated that they feel abandoned by the state and the health system as their calls for an independent investigation are met with infuriating levels of political indifference.