Friday, March 16, 2012

And now we wait...

Abortion was back in court on Tuesday, with the Supreme Court hearing Right To Life's appeal against the Abortion Supervisor Committee on whether it had the power to second-guess the clinical decisions of medical professionals in certifying abortions. The decision has been reserved, and is expected sometime in the next three months, but the Supreme Court is very clear about what's at stake:

Should the Supreme Court accept the submission of Right to Life and find that the Abortion Supervisory Committee has a statutory duty and the powers to hold certifying consultants accountable for the abortions that they authorise, it should result in certifying consultants being required to justify to the Committee the authorisation of the 98 per cent of abortions on mental health grounds.
Which in turn would mean reduced access. Its going to be a very nervous wait.