Social Science

‘Still travelling’: Access to abortion post-12 weeks gestation in Ireland

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Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2023.102709

2023-04-24

Abstract

This article focuses on access to abortion in Ireland post-12 weeks gestational age. It critically examines abortion access under the legislative sections 9, 10 and 11 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018, the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) process, as well as the appeals process in place. We highlight existing ambiguities in diagnosing and certifying cases of risk to health during pregnancy, particularly mental health, as well as the challenges in diagnosing and certifying cases of fatal fetal abnormality (FFA). The article incorporates service users' experiences in obtaining abortion in Ireland post-12 weeks, particularly in cases of FFA, and includes recommendations for policy and legislative change.