Messages speculating when abortions are to be carried out in Ireland are “completely inappropriate.”
That’s according to the HSE’s clinical advisor on the introduction of abortion services.
It comes after economist Ray Kinsella revealed in a tweet yesterday that an abortion was to be carried out in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda this morning.
— Ray Kinsella (@ProfRayKinsella) January 6, 2019
On The Pat Kenny Show this morning, the former chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Clinical advisor to the HSE, Dr Peter Boylan, said patient confidentiality must be respected:
“It is completely inappropriate for somebody who knows absolutely nothing about medical practice to say something like that in the public domain,” he said.
“It is demeaning to the person who is tweeting; it is below what their standards should be and they just shouldn’t do it really – because patient confidentiality is absolutely critical.”
A small number of Pro-Life campaigners have been staging a protest outside the Drogheda hospital this morning.
Campaigner Charles Byrne said he was a protesting because “for the first time in Irish history a hospital has become a place where you can end an innocent human life.”
The Health Minister Simon Harris has pledged to bring forward legislation to establish safe access zones” around locations offering abortion services to protect vulnerable women.
The Department of Health said the legislation would “allow patients, service providers, healthcare staff and members of the public to enter such premises without fear of intimidation or harassment and without being subject to unwanted communications about termination of pregnancy by any means.”
The legislation will include a ban on “oral, written or visual displays” within the zones.