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HSE due to publish terms of its abortion case inquiry

The HSE ordered a report into the situation where a woman was given a caesarean section after she became pregnant through rape.

FILE: A pro-choice protest that took place yesterday in Dublin.
FILE: A pro-choice protest that took place yesterday in Dublin.
Image: Sam Boal

THE HSE IS expected to make public the terms of reference for its inquiry into the care given to a woman who had a caesarean at 25 weeks of pregnancy.

The terms are hoped to be published within the next day although this could take longer as the HSE is consulting widely on them.


In a statement on Monday, the HSE said its Director General had requested a report that “establishes all of the facts surrounding the care given to a woman who had her pregnancy ended pursuant to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013″.

Through the Report the Director General will seek to establish the full facts surrounding the matter, the sequence of events, the care given to the woman involved, the operation of the 2013 Act and any learnings that can be gleaned from the case.

The report will not look to review the decisions taken by the clinicians involved in the case. They had a specific statutory function as detailed in last year’s legislation.

The case involved a young woman who said she was raped before arriving in Ireland. She discovered she was eight weeks pregnant while undergoing a medical exam here.

She says she requested information about abortion services. She subsequently was seen by psychiatrists and underwent a Caesarean section.

The HSE said it will publish the report, subject to privacy restrictions. It also intends on making the terms of inquiry public.

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