The Medical Council is asking all registered doctors for their views in advance of drafting revised ethical guidelines in preparation for the enactment of new termination of pregnancy legislation.

An ethics working group was set up several months ago to look at any required edits to the overall Council Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics.

Dr Suzanne Crowe, chairperson of the working group, said it wanted to receive feedback from registered doctors and partner organisations about how it can improve the current guidance in light of the new legislation and amendment to the constitution.

Four sections of the guide are being reviewed in advance of the enactment of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 and these are sections dealing with the dignity of the patient, equality and diversity, abortion and conscientious objection.

The last ethical guide was updated in 2016.