Government To Reveal Proposed Abortion Laws If 8th Amendment Is Repealed

Simon Harris said the Government wants to give people their say

Cabinet unanimously approves eighth amendment referendum bill

A hundred years on from when Irish women got the vote, this International Women's Day falls as the county is on the cusp of another vote - a referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits abortion in nearly all circumstances.

The intended date to hold the referendum is May 25.

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

On the subject of women and girls who become pregnant through sexual violence, the bishops said: "A child conceived following rape is also a person".

A landmark Supreme Court ruling will allow the Irish Government to press ahead with a planned abortion referendum. However, in Ireland as everywhere else, abortion can be a highly contested issue that can lead to emotionally charged and polarised debate.

Addressing the Dáil during a debate on the referendum bill today, Health Minister Simon Harris said work is under way to consider how a free contraception service might work and what the introduction of such a scheme would involve.

In her book, she presents the U.S. as a case study of how 40 years of decriminalisation has never normalised abortion as a reproductive practice.

A public vote on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, which prohibits abortions in nearly all cases, is expected to be held in May.

Cabinet unanimously approves eighth amendment referendum bill

Following the meeting, Ireland's government will release a policy document setting out the legislation that would go before the Oireachtas, the Irish parliament, should voters opt to repeal the amendment.

In addition, it would allow abortions up to birth in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities or risks to the mother's life or health.

"People may change their mind in 20 years, but it is really wonderful that the issue is going to be decided by way of referendum in Ireland", Prof Carol Sanger of Columbia University told a seminar hosted by the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway (NUIG) on Friday.

The impact of this "quasi-criminal status" forced on women seeking terminations was one of the reasons she wrote a book entitled About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in 21st century America, she said.

Hughes also had a message for the women of Ireland.

"The influence of the Church has waned after sexual abuse scandals and cover-ups in the 1990s", particularly among younger people, the newspaper says.

Professor William Binchy, legal advisor for the Pro Life Campaign, said the judgment "makes it all the more necessary to oppose the Government's proposal to introduce abortion on demand". "This is the logical next step", she argues.

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