Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013

Termination of pregnancy is legally available in Ireland only in limited circumstances as set out in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.

To have a termination in Ireland, specialist doctor/s must be of the opinion that:

■ You have a physical illness and there is a real and substantial risk to your life if you do not have a termination

■ You have a medical emergency and there is an immediate risk to your life if you do not have a termination

■ You are suicidal and there is a real and substantial risk to your life if you do not have a termination

The risk must be real and substantial. A risk to your health is not sufficient; the real and substantial risk must be to your life.

For more information on the process that a woman must follow to see if she may have her pregnancy terminated in Ireland  please download Information for Pregnant Women on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.        (click here) 

Guidance Document for Health Professionals
The Department of Health has published a Guidance Document for Health Professionals on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.

These guidelines are designed to assist professionals in the practical operation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. They are not clinical guidelines.

The Guidance Document includes identifying referral pathways to fulfil the requirement of the Act, and other relevant matters.

The Guidance Document is available here Implementation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.  (http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Guidance-Document-Final-September-2014.pdf)

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