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ICGP members received an e-mail on September 12th informing them of the following:
The College has been invited by Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to make a submission on the general practice perspective on ‘crisis pregnancy, focusing on the health of the woman, with no distinction being drawn between physical and mental health in the context of the eighth Amendment of the Constitution’.
The College is represented by Dr Brendan O’Shea, Director of the Postgraduate Resource Centre and Dr Karena Hanley, National Director of GP Training, who will make the presentation at 2.30pm today.
The submission is available here on the ICGP website.
Video coverage of the Committee’s work is available on the Joint Oireachtas Committee website.
Members were not consulted about this submission in advance.
As the Eighth Amendment affects both the mother and her unborn child, it is regrettable that the ICGP accepted the Oireachtas Committee’s invitation to speak about the implications for one patient only, as if the other patient did not exist.
14th October, 2017.