IFPA Using Tragic Death to Push for Abortion on Demand in Ireland


The obstetrician who led an inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar has said he does not believe that abortion should be regulated by criminal law. Speaking at an event organised by the Irish Family Planning Association (the Irish affiliate of Planned Parenthood), Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran said abortion laws like that which exist in Ireland are “unacceptable”. The former head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George’s Hospital, London, also recommended that obstetricians should assemble a forum and advise the Irish Government on abortion.


The IFPA seminar, entitled “Reforming Ireland’s abortion laws: Developing women-centred healthcare practice in post-repeal Ireland”—discussed measures that could be taken if the Eight Amendment is repealed. Also speaking at the seminar was Dr Rhona Mahony, the Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, who claimed clinical decision-making relating to abortion was being “distorted” by the Irish constitution.


Niall Behan, head of the IFPA who opened the discussion, described Ireland’ abortion laws as “a shambles”. Other speakers included Professor Rebecca Cook, a member of the board of the US Center for Reproductive Rights, and the IFPA’s Dr Caitriona Henchion.

Irish Independent. December 8.

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