Geographic Location Shouldn't Impact Access To Abortion Services, Says Midlands Junior Minster

Mullingar Regional Hospital is the only hospital in the midlands that offers terminations of pregnancy.

The Health Minister has this week launched a review into Ireland's abortion laws.

A junior government minister is calling for a review into the availability of abortion services in the midlands.

The Health Minister has launched a new review into Ireland's abortion laws, with members of the public and service users and providers to be consulted.

Mullingar is the only hospital in the midlands currently offering terminations of pregnancy, while just over half of Ireland's 19 hospitals provide the service. 

In 2020, 14 people from Laois, 28 from Offaly and 19 from Westmeath contacted the HSE My Options Helpline.

Green Party senator and Junior Agriculture Minister Pippa Hackett says it's essential people are not disadvantaged by their geographic location:

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