Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Eighth Amendment referendum bill to be introduced in Dáil

Cyril Byrne Cyril Byrne
Chelsea Rogers | 11 March, 2018, 03:01

Health Minister Simon Harris was outlining his policy statement on the type of abortion services that would be provided should the Eighth Amendment be repealed.

If the referendum is given the go-ahead by parliament citizens, will be asked whether they want to remove the Eighth Amendment, which gives equal right to life to the mother and the unborn, and replace it with wording that would allow politicians to set Ireland's abortion laws in the future.

Global Positioning System and medical practitioners will lead the service, which will be done by administering abortion pills.

The government proposes termination up to 12 weeks of pregnancy "without specific indication" be allowed but "a time period that is required to elapse" between the first appointment with a doctor or health practitioner.

It should be a day that we also celebrate the bond of mother and baby and challenge those in power to provide the necessary supports so that no woman ever feels she has no choice but to go down the road of abortion.

Before finalizing the exact wording and date of the referendum, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had said it was prudent to wait for the Supreme Court judgment in a case the state was appealing.

"This work has so far established that provision of free access to contraception methods, which are now limited to those with eligibility through the Primary Care Reimbursement Services, would require enabling primary legislation", said Harris.

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It is generally in line with the recommendations of the all-party Oireachtas committee which proposed allowing terminations without restriction up to 12 weeks, although the document will use different wording.

A change to the law would be a monumental step for Ireland, where since 1983 it has been estimated that 170,000 women have left the country to terminate pregnancies.

"This referendum is about asking our citizens to allow women to make major decisions for themselves".

On Wednesday, Ireland's Supreme Court cleared the way for an abortion referendum planned for the end of May, ruling that the unborn do not have inherent constitutional rights outside the right to life in the eighth amendment of the constitution.

"The minute an Irish woman becomes pregnant, she no longer has destiny over her own health care", Mr Kelleher said.

He will describe the regime he would aim to bring in in the event of a repeal vote.

Speaking outside Leinster House, Harris said it was appropriate that this decision was taken on International Women's Day, and that he would campaign enthusiastically in favour of repealing the eighth amendment.

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