Updated: 09/03/18 : 07:21:46Printable Version
The government will reveal a policy paper this morning outlining
what legislation will be introduced on abortion if the 8th Amendment is
repealed. See link below.
Yesterday, cabinet approved a referendum bill and the Dáil will begin debating it today.
for Health Simon Harris will begin the debate at 10.30am this morning
and is expected to describe the regime he'd aim to bring in should a
repeal vote be passed.
The question put to voters is expected to ask if there should be abortion without specific indication for up to 12 weeks.
this legislation is passed, GPs and medical practitioners would lead
the service, which will be done by administering abortion pills.
the 12 week limit, abortions will be allowed in cases of fatal foetal
abnormality, or where there's a risk to the life, health or mental
health of the mother.
In such cases, two doctors will have to
examine the mother, and there would be an appeals process if she isn't
happy with the decision.
There would also be a cooling off
period, whereby if a woman goes to seek an abortion, she would have to
wait two or three days to consider it before being given an abortion
Medical practitioners will also have a contentious
objection, so if they don't feel comfortable allowing abortions they
won't have to.
Link: Sligo Today 9/3/2018