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Leitrim campaigners welcome full abortion services beginning at Sligo University Hospital

Apr 27, 2022 13:04 By Shannonside News
Leitrim campaigners welcome full abortion services beginning at Sligo University Hospital Leitrim campaigners welcome full abortion services beginning at Sligo University Hospital
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The hospital had prevoulsy been providing access to limited abortion services.

Leitrim abortion campaigners are welcoming reports that full termination of pregnancy services at Sligo University Hospital are now available to women.

It's understood that the Saolta-run hospital has begun to provide a full range of care as outlined in the 2018 Act.

Previously, the hospital provide limited abortion services where a pregnancy posed a risk to life or health, or an emergency, or in the case of a fatal foetal abnormality.

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Just under 30 women with an address in Leitrim accessed abortion services in 2020 and it's believed that some of them may have had to seek treatment in either Galway, Mayo or even in Mullingar.

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Bernie Linnane believes it is very important women in the Shannonside region have equal access to healthcare:

"There is a big difference in saying abortion is legal and being able to say abortion is available. If a woman or a pregnant person in the north-west needs an abortion they shouldn't be treated any differently than a person in Dublin requiring the same services.

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We are entitled to it by law and it should be available to us in the north-west. We're not second class citizens and we shouldn't be treated like second class citizens."

The Saolta hospital group has issued a statement this evening

Response:

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In line with the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 section 12, a primarily community-led service is being delivered by GPs in primary care settings and women’s health service providers, with appropriate access and care pathways to acute hospital services as required.

 Sligo University Hospital is providing  services under each section of the  Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Health  Act 2018.

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