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GPs to hold EGM on new abortion law

Family doctors who will be asked to carry out medical abortions under the proposed new law are to hold an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the issue.

The Irish College of General Practitioners said it will hold the meeting of its members in early December.

The meeting is expected to hear a range of concerns by doctors about freedom of conscience and reluctance of anti-abortion doctors to refer a woman for an abortion to a colleague. There are also worries about workload, support services and fears of surgeries being picketed.

The Nurses4Life group has also written to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

An INMO spokesman said it respects the right to conscientious objection. It was debated and decided by members at its AGM. It is closely monitoring the legislation and engaging with employers to ensure this position is upheld. It will shortly hold a meeting of relevant professional groupings within its membership to brief them on the legislation.

Author: Eilish O’Regan
Source: Irish Independent