Irish prime minister says Catholic hospitals will have to perform abortions

Irish prime minister says Catholic hospitals will have to perform abortions June 12, 2018

From the BBC: 

Irish hospitals with a Catholic ethos will be expected to carry out abortions when new laws on terminations come into effect, the Irish prime minister has said.

Leo Varadkar said doctors, nurses or midwives could opt out of performing procedures on conscience grounds.

However, entire institutions will not have that option.

Mr Varadkar was addressing concerns about surgical abortions raised in the Dáil (Irish parliament).

It follows a landslide vote in favour of repealing the Republic of Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion in May.

The government is drafting legislation that will allow for any woman to request an abortion up to 12 weeks, subject to a cooling off period, and will allow abortion in extreme cases between 12 and 24 weeks.

The taoiseach said the legislation would follow the model of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, which allowed for terminations in extreme medical circumstances, and allow individual medics to opt out.

“It will not, however, be possible for publicly-funded hospitals, no matter who their patron or owner is, to opt out of providing these necessary services which will be legal in this state once this legislation is passed by the Dáil and Seanad (senate),” he added.

“I’m happy to give you that assurance.”

Mr Varadkar added: “That legislation will allow individuals to opt out based on their consciences or their religious convictions but will not allow institutions to do so.”

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