The Irish Medical Organisation notes the result of the Referendum to repeal Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution.
While the referendum campaign has now ended, this matter is not yet concluded. The focus must now shift to legislators and the legislative process within which a detailed legal framework to facilitate the outcome of the referendum must be created.
The organisation expects that given the deeply held views which exist on this issue, any legislative proposals will create a regime which facilitates access to abortion services by women while also catering for medical professionals who have deeply held conscientious objections on this matter.
The IMO expects the Government to engage with the organisation on both legislative planning and practical implementation in order to ensure that proper systems and adequate resources are in place to deal with the issues arising for the Health Service in both general practice and the acute hospital setting.