Tag Archives: Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act


The woman who is in her late 20s has been transferred from Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
It is understood that some family members have asked for her life support machine to be switched off. Doctors are seeking legal advice regarding the Constitutional position in relation to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Legal advice sought over pregnant woman with brain trauma (RTE)

A pregnant  woman who is clinically brain dead is being kept on a life support machine against the wishes of her parents.

Clinically dead pregnant woman being kept alive by hospital (Independent.ie)

Stephanie writes:

It’s official. We’re just incubators. Walking wombs and nothing more.


The referral pathway [above] for women at risk of suicide in the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act.

Ireland – Making pregnant women jump through hoops since 1922.™

Download the Department of Health guidance document here.

Guidance document for abortion legislation published (RTÉ News)

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A woman who became pregnant as a result of rape believes the state denied her access to an abortion for months, until the foetus became viable. Earlier this month, the baby was delivered prematurely through a Caesarean section, which was authorised under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

The young woman, a foreign national with limited English, was not able freely to travel abroad for an abortion because of her legal status in Ireland. She discovered she was expecting about eight weeks into the pregnancy, and immediately sought an abortion because she had been the victim of a traumatic rape.

Months later, the woman believed she had been effectively refused an abortion, or the ability to travel abroad for such a procedure, by the state. She then went on a hunger and liquid strike.

State ‘denied abortion’ to rape victim (Mark Tighe, Sunday Times)
(behind paywall)


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Today, we learn of a woman’s life being saved as a result of the Protection Of Life During Pregnancy Act law.

The Pro-Life movement tried to warn us but would we listen?

First abortion carried out under new legislation (Paul Cullen, Irish Times)

Holles Street to investigate breach of patient confidentiality (RTÉ)

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