Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
On the third anniversary of the repeal of the eighth amendment, when the Irish people voted overwhelmingly to trust women to make decisions about our own healthcare, there are still a number of pressing issues with the current legislation. Families who need a termination for medical reasons are still being forced to travel to the UK. There is still a criminal penalty around abortion and there is still a three-day mandatory waiting period that has no medical basis. The review of the legislation is coming up soon. However, there is no clarity on the format and timelines involved. When will the review be happening? Can the Taoiseach assure us that it will draw on the experience of abortion care in Ireland and examine how the law and services are meeting the needs of those seeking and providing care? We hope that an independent expert on women's health will chair this review. The details of how that review will take place would be very welcome.