Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution
Socioeconomic Context: Dr. Caitriona Henchion and Mr. Niall Behan, Irish Family Planning Association
Dr. Caitriona Henchion:
Portugal was very similar to us in so far as it had very restrictive laws around abortion. However, Portugal introduced unrestricted access up to ten weeks gestation and there are more restrictions in place for later gestations. That was done to address the fact that women can access abortion without having to prove or make a case up to that time.