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NWCI comments on Dail statements and media reports of case of a woman denied an abortion

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today commented on TDs claims’ and media reports that a woman has been denied an abortion. 

Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI said,

“Our thoughts in the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) are with the woman at the centre of the case.”

“The legislation is clear; two doctors are required to certify a termination. As reported in this case, the two doctors were in agreement, however an abortion has been denied. This must be a very distressing situation for the woman who had no option but to contact her public representatives.”

“The full facts of the decisions made in the Coombe Hospital need to be made clear. This case has the potential for widespread anxiety for women in Ireland. The wishes of the woman and her doctor must be respected.”

“As a matter of urgency, the Department of Health must intervene, so that the woman can access the medical services provided in law and supported by her doctors. Further, the Master of the Coombe Hospital must provide immediate clarity on the position of the Hospital in providing for a termination.”

“The National Women’s Council of Ireland has always advocated for a women centred health service and there is an overwhelmingly mandate for pregnant women and girls to be treated with respect and compassion.”

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For more information, please contact Sarah Clarkin, Communications and Social Media Officer, NWCI, 085 8619087.