Thursday, 29 November 2018
Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Report Stage (Resumed)
The debate on amendment No. 35 is similar to the debate we had yesterday. If we cannot vote on that, we might vote on this. Many of us made points on this earlier in the debate and on Committee Stage. As is the way with these issues, many people are only now focusing on the details of it and there is a great deal of speculation on social media and in society about it. Many people are pointing out that they rang their general practitioner, GP, and asked when their next appointment time would be. Many women have posted on social media that they rang their GP and the next appointment time is next Monday. They tested this. This three-day waiting period will be problematic. It will be much longer than a three-day wait. I will not rehearse the argument again but I wanted to register that point with the Minister.