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Abortion Debate: Divided opinions as the health experts weigh in

It's unsurprising that, as with in the rest of Irish society, the medical profession can't reach a consensus on this most divisive of issues, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

27th April, 2013
Abortion and suicidal ideation: there are countless studies that can be used to support the pro-choice or anti-abortion sides in this debate. Photo: Getty

The decision by 113 psychiatrists to sign a statement saying that legislation that would allow for abortion as a treatment for suicide has no basis in medical evidence shows that doctors are just as divided as politicians on the subject of abortion.

"It is a highly divisive issue, and our college is no different from other groups in society in having members with differing and opposing views on the subject," said Dr Anthony McCarthy, president of...

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