Ireland’s prime minister has made it clear – Irish hospitals with a Catholic ethos will be expected to carry out abortions when new laws on termination take effect.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says while individual doctors, nurses or midwives could opt out of performing the procedure on conscience grounds, entire institutions cannot.
The legislation would allow women an abortion up to 12 weeks, subject to a cooling off period – and in extreme cases between 12 and 24 weeks.
Mr Varadkar said publicly funded hospitals, regardless of their patron or owner, cannot opt out of these necessary services.
He said hospitals with a Catholic voluntary ethos will be required – and expected – to carry out any abortion procedure that is legal in the state, and that is the model they will follow.