Irish Medical Council Ethical Guide needs to be altered on the issue of abortion.

The Medical Council Ethical Guide on page 21 will need to be altered.

21 Abortion
21.1 Abortion is illegal in Ireland except where there is a real and substantial risk to the life (as distinct from the health) of the mother. Under current legal precedent, this exception includes where there is a clear and substantial risk to the life of the mother arising from a threat of suicide. You should undertake a full assessment of any such risk in light of the clinical research on this issue.
21.2 It is lawful to provide information in Ireland about abortions abroad, subject to strict conditions.4 It is not lawful to encourage or advocate an abortion in individual cases.
21.3 You have a duty to provide care, support and follow-up services for women who have an abortion abroad.
21.4 In current obstetrical practice, rare complications can arise where therapeutic intervention (including termination of a pregnancy) is required at a stage when, due to extreme immaturity of the baby, there may be little or no hope of the baby surviving. In these exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary to intervene to
terminate the pregnancy to protect the life of the mother, while making every effort to preserve the life of the baby.
4 Regulation of Information (Services Outside the State For Termination of Pregnancies) Act, 1995
www.irishstatutebook.ie/1995/en/act/pub/0005/index.html

number 4 in the Ethics Guide above needs to be altered. “It is not lawful to encourage or advocate an abortion in individual cases.” If the patient’s life is endangered, how can that stricture be applied?

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