The document “The limited circumstances for a lawful termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland: A guidance document for health and social care professionals” does not change the law.
The new document builds on previous versions that have been subject to public consultation and consideration by Northern Ireland courts.
The guidance now recommends that consultant psychiatrists should be involved in the assessment of a woman’s mental health when it is related to grounds for terminating a pregnancy.
Other improvements include a section in relation to accountability and information collection in organisations.
A public consultation is being held on the document from 8 April to 29 July 2013.