Terminations at Holles St
THE National Maternity Hospital – commonly known as Holles Street – carries out ‘about five’ terminations a year, it has emerged.
The Master of the hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, revealed the figure on RTÉ Radio yesterday.
She said terminations would still be carried out as needed in the new hospital, telling Seán O’Rourke: ‘At the moment we provide services to women and these include contraception.
‘We have about five terminations of pregnancy a year under the Protection of Life Act because women will otherwise die. This will continue in the new hospital.’ Later in the interview, she insisted: ‘We will continue to terminate pregnancy in order to save women’s lives.’ In May 2013, the Catholic bishops said that they were concerned about the practice of any terminations in hospitals that had a Catholic ethos – such as St Vincent’s and the overall healthcare group that runs it, and will be partly responsible for running the new national maternity hospital.
But Dr Mahony told RTÉ: ‘We have to come up with an agreement that protects the integrity of both hospitals. On the one hand, we require independence to give the care that we need to give and that includes contraception and termination of pregnancy. We have achieved that.
‘We have absolute operational and clinical independence.’