Abortion debate: Dáil hears proposals for system of free contraception

Cyril Byrne

Cyril Byrne

Voters will now be asked if they want to repeal the constitutional detail in the proposed referendum.

According to the The Irish Times, lawmakers will set out 21 clauses to regulate legal abortion.

Simon Coveney will actively campaign for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment alongside the taoiseach, finance minister and majority of the cabinet.

While claiming to be pro-life, Harris said he supports legalizing abortion.

Dr. Ruth Cullen of the Pro-Life Campaign criticized the Irish government for "highjacking" International Women's Day to promote abortion.

It is believed that, like the vote on equal-marriage, the referendum will hinge on the turnout of socially liberal young people.

The intended date to hold the referendum is May 25. Those in favour of change say it is vital to have the referendum on the earlier date, arguing that many students leave the country come summer.

He added: "The first thing we have to do, if we are to bring about change, is to repeal Article 40.3.3". "And it's about trusting our doctors to decide when continuing with a pregnancy is a risk to the life or health of a woman".

Labour's Joan Burton said she hoped the debate would be respectful and produce a good outcome for the people of Ireland.

The Eighth Amendment is not just preventing access to abortion, but also to information, and a comprehensive review of practices and information disseminated in hospitals and clinical settings was required, Prof Eilionóir Flynn, director of NUIG's Centre for Disability Law and Policy, noted.

The bill that will allow for the holding of a referendum on the eighth amendment was passed unanimously at a special Cabinet meeting this morning.

Irish government leaders published their long-awaited proposal Thursday to overturn Ireland's pro-life constitutional amendment.

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.

Currently, terminations are allowed only when the life of the mother is at risk, and the maximum penalty for accessing an illegal abortion is 14 years in prison.

These include that there should be some time between the initial medical assessment of the pregnant woman and a termination being carried out.

"Most of the debate in the media so far. has not included the perspective of disabled people, or has been speaking for them", she said, at a time when people with disabilities already faced considerable barriers in relation to reproductive healthcare and rights.

Hughes also had a message for the women of Ireland.

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