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Patricia Casey of the Iona Institute spoke on ‘Morning Ireland’ earlier with Cathal Mac Coille about a survey carried out to gauge psychiatrists’ views on abortion as a treatment for suicidal women.

This, despite Dr Anthony McCarthy’s assertion on Wednesday that psychiatrists from the College of Psychiatry in Ireland would not participate in compulsory assessment of pregnant women with suicidal ideation who are seeking an abortion.

He said said compelling psychiatrists to take part in such a system was abusing their profession, which is supposed to offer comfort, compassion and support to people in vulnerable situations.

Dr McCarthy said the Government has to deal with the abortion issue and legislate adequately for it, and should not pass the social control of a situation onto psychiatrists.

He said asking psychiatrists to test the truth of women’s stories was extremely abusive.

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Reilly meeting Labour junior ministers to agree heads of bill in abortion issue (RTE News)

More than 100 psychiatrists disagree with abortion proposal (Eilish O’Regan, Irish Independent)