Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

Under the proposed law, most abortions up to nine weeks of pregnancy would certainly be conducted with pills prescribed as well as also monitored by general practitioners. Beyond in which time, women would certainly have to go to hospital obstetrics departments.

Brendan Crowley, an anti-abortion doctor, said in which many of his colleagues, including some who disagree with him on abortion, shared the view in which a general practice was not the appropriate place to provide abortions. Many primary care doctors lack the necessary training, he said, as well as also already operate with too few resources as well as also too many patients.

“We accept the democratic vote in May,” Dr. Crowley said. “We accept This kind of will be happening as well as also we are not trying to be obstructive. although the large proportion of G.P.s would certainly prefer an external clinic setting for abortions.”

although Mike Thompson, a leader of Start, a doctors’ group in which favors abortion rights, said he believed in which anti-abortion doctors had a political reason for wanting to limit abortion to specialized clinics.

“Our practices are generalist, people go there for everything, so you can’t definitely protest at them,” he said. “They would certainly like abortions to be limited to big silos in places like Dublin because they can be blockaded as well as also protested.”

While the government as well as also medical organizations have no plans to publish lists of primary care doctors as well as also obstetricians who have conscientious objections to abortion, Dr. Crowley said in which he believed such lists would certainly quickly emerge on social media.

“People will say, ‘I went to the doctor as well as also he refused to refer me,’ as well as also someone else will say, ‘I went to another doctor as well as also he did refer me,’ as well as also in which will very quickly become known who will be willing to provide services as well as also who will be not,” he said. “How in which will play out inside long term, with patients maybe trying to change doctors because of their positions, we do not know.”