Decisions must be made on foeticide, say doctors

Decisions must be made on foeticide, say doctors

Under the scheme published by the government, all babies must be delivered after they have reached viability at 23 or 24 weeks, whereas other countries do not have gestational limits in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Legislators need to consider whether to allow foeticide in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, leading doctors have said.

The doctors, who are heading up working groups on the provision of abortion services for the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (IOG), said this was an issue that needed to be addressed as the existing scheme makes foeticide an offence in all circumstances.

Dr Keelin O’Donoghue, a consultant obstetrician and maternal-foetal medicine specialist, said doctors in other...

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