Woman refused termination in Dublin for fatal foetal abnormality

A woman who's pregnancy carries a fatal foetal abnormality was refused an abortion at a Dublin hospital, the Dáil has heard. 

A heated debate ensued in the Dáil today following the revelation. 

The denial of termination was at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin.

The issue was raised by PBP-Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger and Bríd Smith.

Ms Coppinger told the room that the woman was told that she must wait another four weeks to see if she would have a spontaneous miscarriage.

Two consultants had confirmed a case of fatal foetal abnormality, however the board of the hospital refused a termination, she said.

'It appears the board of the Coombe Hospital is refusing her constitutional right that we all voted for to have an abortion at a time she chooses,' she continued.

The topic of an individual case was deemed inappropriate by some members, however it was agreed that the occurrence was not right. 

A spokesperson for Minister for Health Simon Harris told RTE: 'We do not comment on individual cases.'

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