Stepping Down as Master, Mahony Calls for Abortion Funding


Dr Rhona Mahony, who finishes her seven-year term as Master of the National Maternity Hospital this month, has appealed for ample funding for the government’s new abortion service.


Dr Mahony, who played a prominent role in the Repeal the Eighth campaign, revealed that 60 women attending the hospital during 2016, whose unborn babies were diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality, travelled to Britain for abortions. She pointed out that doctors’ ability to identify genetic and structural anomalies in the foetus in utero is increasing.


Writing in the hospital’s annual clinical report, Dr Mahony said, “The introduction of wider availability of termination of pregnancy in Ireland will require careful implementation.”

Irish Independent. December 1.

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