The Government’s proposed law will make abortion available ‘on request’ up to 12 weeks (see explanation here).
According to the FDA, abortion pills are safe to use and are highly effective in early pregnancy. Where a pregnant person seeks abortion care within that time frame it is likely that she will have the option of using abortion pills to have a medical abortion.
This will require the Health Products Regulatory Authority to ensure all appropriate licences are in place to allow for medication abortion pills to be prescribed under the new law.
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Yes, but not for women who have abortions or for doctors who comply with the new law.Read More »
No. Under the proposed new law, as under the current law, medical professionals would enjoy a right of conscientious objection. Except in emergencies, they would be entitled to refuse to participate in an abortion. However, they would be required to refer the patient to another practitioner who can provide the care she needs.
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Up to 12 weeks it will be somewhat more liberal. Under the Abortion Act 1967, which regulates abortion in England and Wales, abortion on request is not permitted. The proposed new Irish law will allow abortion on request up to 12 weeks (see explanation here). However, the Abortion Act 1967 never requires a mandatory waiting/reflection period, while Irish law will require people to wait for 72 hours from making the request before having an abortion in the first 12 weeks.
After 12 weeks Irish law will be considerably more conservative: abortion will be available on far more limited grounds in Ireland, and for a far more limited time scale (up to viability only) than is the case in Britain. The only situation in which the laws will be comparable is where there is a ‘fatal foetal anomaly’.Read More »
After 12 weeks abortion will only be available where there is a risk to life, a serious risk to health, or a diagnosis of ‘fatal foetal anomaly’. However, women will almost certainly continue to need abortion outside of these situations.Read More »
The 8th Amendment limits lawful abortion to situations where the life of the pregnant person is at risk. No law can be introduced that allows abortion in other situations without constitutional change. The Constitution can only be changed by having a referendum.Read More »
Under the Government’s proposed legislation, (for more detail see here) pregnant people would be entitled to request abortion from a GP up to 12 weeks ‘LMP’. 12 weeks. ‘LMP’ is the standard mechanism of dating pregnancy. 12 weeks LMP is usually 9-10 weeks since conception.
A GP would have to certify that the pregnancy is within the 12 week limit.
A pregnant person would then have to take a 72 hour (3 day) ‘waiting period’, following which the GP must provide abortion ‘as soon as may be’ once that time has elapsed.
A woman would not be required to justify her reason for accessing abortion.Read More »
While the wording of the proposed 36th Amendment to the Constitution does not explicitly require the Oireachtas to pass new law regulating abortion, this is likely to be necessary to protect the rights of pregnant people after repeal.Read More »
A vote for repeal will not create a legal vacuum. The current legislation (the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013) will continue to operate until a new law for the regulation of abortion is introduced.Read More »