Irish women win right to information on abortion

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:691

Doctors in the Republic of Ireland can now provide women patients with the names and addresses of abortion clinics in Britain after votes in the Dail and the Seanad gave legal effect to the 1992 referendum that approved the proposal. The bill stops short of authorising direct referrals by general practitioners. A government spokesperson said that this was because of a written commitment not to do so given by the then government, which had been led by Fianna Fail, before the referendum. The decision was also influenced by British law, which requires British medical approval for a termination.

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