Government publishes policy paper on abortion

11 March, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Cabinet unanimously approves eighth amendment referendum bill

Saturday's rally follows on the heels of a march by abortion rights protesters on Thursday, marking International Women's Day-the same day cabinet passed a bill making it possible for the referendum to go ahead.

According to RTE, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: "On my first day as Taoiseach I committed to holding a referendum this year". Today, Mr Harris stated it will be hard to meet the May deadline.

The Government has published a six-page policy paper on abortion, setting out its plans for abortion legislation provided the upcoming referendum results in the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

"This referendum is about asking our citizens to allow women to make major decisions for themselves".

These include that there should be some time between the initial medical assessment of the pregnant woman and a termination being carried out.

"And it's about trusting our doctors to decide when continuing with a pregnancy is a risk to the life or health of a woman.Above all it's about trusting Irish people to consider this matter in depth, with compassion and empathy, as I know they will".

He added: "The first thing we have to do, if we are to bring about change, is to repeal Article 40.3.3".

"Anyone who argues that the courts have been written out of the scenario, that this is some kind of carte blanche for untrustworthy politicians, is wilfully misleading public opinion", the leader said.

The proposal is the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill to the House.

Explaining the ruling, barrister Paul Anthony McDermott told RTÉ's Morning Ireland: "What the Supreme Court has said in a nutshell is that other than the right to life, all your constitutional rights start at birth".

"We the women of Ireland inherited a Republic of misogyny, a Republic of cruelty, and an Oireachtas, a Dail and Seanad that has been, and in many cases still is, a cold place for women and girls".

Ailbhe Smyth of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment said: "This is a historic and momentous day for Ireland, and for the women of Ireland in particular".

A Referendum Commission was formally established by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy on Friday.

The debate is due on continue today until 4pm.

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