Senior consultant: No confusion over Ireland's abortion laws

A senior consultant said he believes there is no evidence of confusion within medical ranks in Ireland over whether or not a woman can have an abortion if her life is at risk.

No. Not in relation to where a mother's health is at risk.

I think most of us who work in obstetrics and gynaecology, there may be individual differences, but the majority would be of the view that if the health is such a risk that there is a risk of death and we are dealing with a foetus that is not viable, there is only one answer to that question, we bring the pregnancy to an end.

– Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin

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Ireland abortion death inquiry

Irish officials have removed three consultants from an inquiry into the death of a pregnant Indian woman in hospital. Praveen Halappanavar, whose wife Savita died after a miscarriage, had refused to co-operate unless the doctors were removed.