Abortion Rights Campaign urges Medical Council to act quickly

A pro-choice group is urging the Medical Council to act quickly to implement the recommendations of the inquest into Savita Halappanavar.

The jury returned a verdict of death by medical misadventure, and endorsed the coroner's nine recommendations, central to which is a call for the Medical Council to lay out exactly when doctors can intervene to save the life of the mother.

Thirty-one year old Savita died from septicaemia at Galway University Hospital last October, following a miscarriage.

Cathleen Doherty from the Abortion Rights Campaign says the Medical Council should implement the recommendations urgently to make sure doctors can do their jobs, without fear of prosecution.

She said: "Legislation for X would see this guidelines published so there's no legal uncertainty and they (doctors) are able to do their job to the best of their ability and the woman's life, like in Savita's case, should be the primary concern of everyone involved."

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