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Abortion: Woman 'refused termination' at Dublin hospital

A woman in the Irish Republic was refused an abortion despite her unborn baby being diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality, the Dáil (parliament) has heard.

It is alleged that the termination was denied at Coombe Hospital in Dublin.

The woman was told she must wait four weeks to see if there was a spontaneous miscarriage, the Dáil was told.

Coombe Hospital says it currently lacks the resources to provide a full range of abortion services.

Abortion became legal in the Republic of Ireland last month after .

Speaking about the woman's case in the Dáil on Thursday, Ruth Coppinger of the anti-austerity party Solidarity-PBP said that two consultants had confirmed a case of fatal foetal abnormality but the hospital's board had refused a termination.

The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Act states that a termination is allowed when two obstetricians confirm that the foetus will not survive outside the womb.

"Now 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," said Ms Coppinger.

Dáil speaker Seán Ó Fearghaíl said it was not appropriate for the Dáil to discuss individual medical circumstances.

But Bríd Smith, another Solidarity-PBP member, said the woman in question had contacted her party and asked for the case to be raised in parliament.