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Irish Medical Council softens its line on abortion

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7314.654/d (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:654
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The Irish Medical Council has voted to shift its stance on abortion. The council voted last week, after rancorous internal debate, to move away from its outright ban on abortions. Previously the council's guidelines stated that the deliberate and intentional destruction of an unborn child was professional misconduct (though it was not misconduct if a child in utero lost its life as a side effect of standard medical treatment of the mother).

    The new guidelines say that …

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