Seanad debates

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages


4:45 pm

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Reference was made to the criminalisation of doctors. Doctors are watching this. We need our doctors and we want them to provide this service.

Many doctors are stepping up to provide this service so I just need to reiterate the wording in the legislation which refers to doctors carrying out terminations on the grounds allowed for in the legislation, forming a reasonable opinion and acting in good faith, to have legal protection in that regard. I assure Senator Ruane that I will work with Members of Seanad Éireann who have a particular interest in it. I would be very pleased to work with Senators Kelleher, Higgins, Ruane, Bacik and many others in the new year to further tease out these matters.


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