GPs vote for abortion to be regulated based on medical guidelines

Monday 13 May 2013 11.50
Irish College of General Practitioners vote on issue of abortion
Irish College of General Practitioners vote on issue of abortion

Members of the Irish College of General Practitioners have voted to bring clarity to the issue of abortion based on medical guidelines.

An original motion calling on the ICGP to support the Government's commitment to introduce legislation for abortion services was rejected.

Instead, another motion was adopted calling on the Government to "introduce clarity in the law founded on evidence-based medical guidelines where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother".

The ICGP also voted in favour of a motion calling for abortions to be allowed in cases of non-viable foetal anomalies.

GPs rejected a motion calling for abortion in the case of rape or incest.