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Health Minister 'Sickened' by Abortion Counselling Clinic Claims

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10:53 5 Sep 2016


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The Health Minister says he's investigating an undercover report which has lifted the lid on a Dublin pregnancy counselling clinic.

An investigation by The Times Ireland Edition apparently shows a staff member linking terminations to breast cancer. During a secret recording she also tells the undercover reporter that some women go on to abuse the children they have in later life. 

She also warns "if they made a tear in your bowel, you'd be sent home to have your bowel removed, which means you'd end up with a (colostomy) bag."

In the following clip, you will hear a conversation between the counselor and undercover reporter discussing the alleged link between cancer and terminations:

Leading obstetrician Dr Peter Boylan says the information given to the reporter is "simply wrong" and "complete and utter nonsense."

Health Minister Simon Harris says he's very "extraordinarily concerned" and "a bit sickened" by the reports. He says women in Ireland are entitled to factual and accurate information, and he's going to look into whether regulating the sector is an option for him.

The Union of Students in Ireland says pregnancy agencies not giving objective advice should be shut down, and is calling for the immediate registration and regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors.


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