The right to ‘conscientious objection’ for medical and nursing personnel is provided for in the policy paper so long as they refer the patient to a doctor who could meet their needs
In general terms, if a woman is under nine weeks pregnant, she could take both pills together and complete the abortion at home. It is likely that she would be provided with pain relief and antibiotics to prevent infection.
Misoprostol causes cramps and heavy bleeding, which is why many women choose to wait until a Friday evening before taking the medication. The World Health Organisation recommends that “facility-based abortion care should be reserved for the management of medical abortion” in pregnancies over nine weeks.
In this scenario, misoprostol might be administered 1-3 days later, in a hospital setting, where the patient could be monitored throughout the procedure.
According to research, just under 10pc of women who take the abortion pill at home seek medical attention. Some of these women would require gynaecological intervention in a hospital setting. In Britain, women can call a 24-hour nurse-led service for aftercare advice. A similar service would have to be offered here.
Medical abortion has a very good safety record but there are some risks. Excessive bleeding occurs in about 1 in every 1,000 abortions and, in some cases, requires transfusion.
Infection is another risk, which is why antibiotics would likely be prescribed as a matter of course. Reduced bleeding and cramping usually indicates that the pregnancy has ended. If a woman is under nine weeks pregnant, she would more than likely self-assess by monitoring her ‘before’ and ‘after’ symptoms, including nausea and breast tenderness. An absence of bleeding may indicate that the pregnancy is ectopic. (Mifepristone and misoprostol do not terminate ectopic pregnancy.)
The continuation of pregnancy, and the risk of some of the pregnancy remaining in the womb, is possible, but not probable, after a medical
The thinking is that a woman should have a check-up four to six weeks later to make sure she has recovered physically and emotionally.
Women can choose between a surgical abortion and a medical abortion in other jurisdictions but it is not clear if women would be given the same option here.
Surgical abortion would take place in a hospital setting and would most likely only be performed on women who experience complications through medical abortion, or, in exceptional circumstances, women who are more than 12 weeks pregnant.
Three things: a serious risk to the life or health of the mother, a determination that the foetus This is not yet known. In Britain, BPAS treats teenagers aged 12-17 without parental consent, unless they believe they are s in “serious danger”, but they do require someone over 18 to bring them home. In Italy (where abortion is legal but hard to obtain due to the high rate of conscientious objectors within the medical community), under 18s need the consent of a parent or guardian.
While abortion is funded by the NHS in the UK, a small minority of women still choose to attend a private clinic for convenience and confidentiality. It is too early to know if private clinics would openhere.
A spokesperson from Marie Stopes, Britain’s largest abortion provider, said there are currently no plans to provide services in the Republic of Ireland.