Women Seeking Abortions Will Be Able To Ring 24/7 HSE Helpline

There will not be a list of participating GPs online

Woman Contemplating

A 24hr HSE helpline will be set up to provide information on participating GPs to women looking for abortion services.

According to the Irish Examiner, the service will be staffed round the clock with counsellors and midwives.

They will provide support and counselling to women as well as information on participating GPs in their local areas.

However, GPs will have to agree to their details being given out over the helpline. It has been determined that a list of participating doctors will not be published online.

Women who ring seeking an abortion will be offered counselling, and those who have already undergone an abortion and may be experiencing difficulty and complications can also ring the helpline.

Talks examining the 180 amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 will start today.

Committee Chair Dr Michael Harty said the amendments fall into three areas - conscientious objection, late-term abortions and the three day waiting period.

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