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Doctor calls for abortion law change Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:47
The Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Declan Keane, has called for the law to be changed to allow abortions to take place in Ireland where the foetus has no chance of living outside the womb.
He was speaking on RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland following a High Court decision yesterday.
Yesterday the High Court allowed a 17-year-old girl, whose unborn baby has been diagnosed with the brain condition anencephaly, to travel to the UK for a termination.
Dr Keane said there were a handful of conditions which were incompatible with life, and anencephaly was one of these.
He said it would be preferable to be allowed to carry out the abortion in Ireland, because of the lack of post mortem facilities in many abortion facilities abroad.
Dr Keane said if the operations were carried out here, then post abortion counselling could also be offered.
He said his hospital sees between four to six cases of anencephaly each year.
Half of the women carried the baby to term, the other half sought a termination, he added.
Morning Ireland: Dr. Declan Keane, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, discusses the implications of anencephaly
Morning Ireland: Geoffrey Shannon, child law expert, says the case was never about abortion, but centred on the law concerning child care
Morning Ireland: Deirdre de Barra, who found herself in a similar situation at the time of the referendum in 2002, says she feels the greatest sympathy for Miss D
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