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Pregnant woman is refused abortion at hospital, Dail told

Dublin’s Coombe Hospital (Niall Carson/PA)
Dublin’s Coombe Hospital (Niall Carson/PA)

By Cormac McQuinn

A pregnant woman whose baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality has been refused a termination, the Irish parliament has heard.

The incident allegedly happened at Dublin's Coombe Hospital and was raised by Solidarity-People Before Profit TDs Ruth Coppinger and Brid Smith.

According to Ms Coppinger the woman involved was told she must wait four weeks in order to see if there is a spontaneous miscarriage.

Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail intervened to say that it was not appropriate to discuss a medical situation in the Dail. Ms Smith said the woman wanted the matter raised.

Ms Coppinger said: "I want to raise what I believe is the first test case for the new abortion legislation.

"I've been contacted by a woman who has a fatal foetal abnormality that has been certified by two consultants and now it appears the board of the Coombe Hospital is refusing her constitutional right that we all voted for to have an abortion at a time she chooses."

However, the hospital has said that claims that its board had a role in determining whether criteria had been met for a termination of pregnancy in a case are untrue.

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