Rotunda Terminated Six Pregnancies Last Year to Save Mother’s Life
Meanwhile the Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony said legislating for abortion where there was a threat of suicide would not “open the floodgates” to widespread terminations.
Three abortions were carried out to save a mother’s life at Holles Street last year.
And Dr Mahony told the Committee that she and her patients need to know they would not be jailed.
“Abortion in Ireland is a criminal offence which is punishable by penal servitude. That law stands today,” she said.
“I need to know that I will not go to jail if in good faith I believe it is the right thing to save a woman’s life to terminate her pregnancy. And I want to know, by the way, that she will not go to jail.”