Ter­mi­na­tions at Holles St

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

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.’

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