Abortion row erupts again

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 21 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1410
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The publication this month of a biography of Mary Robinson–the current United Nations commissioner for human rights and former president of the Republic of Ireland–has again set alight the republic's long running debate on abortion.

    Ms Robinson speaks of legalising abortion in “limited” circumstances as “a kind of coming to terms with the problem instead of exporting it [to England].”A recent review of family planning and pregnancy counselling services in the Southern Health Board area, which covers counties Cork and Kerry, suggests that for every general practitioner willing to provide a patient with the address or telephone number of an abortion service in England, there's still another doctor who won't.

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