Repeal of Eighth 'will not lead to the spectre of late abortions'

Cabinet unanimously approves eighth amendment referendum bill

Global Positioning System and medical practitioners will lead the service, which will be done by administering abortion pills.

A referendum on the country's laws is expected to take place at the end of May.

The intended date to hold the referendum is May 25.

It follows a decision by government ministers at Cabinet on Thursday to formally approve the wording of the draft legislation.

Currently, the penalty for an illegal abortion is 14 years in prison and they are only allowed legally if the mother's life is at risk from the pregnancy.

Mr Harris outlined the circumstances in which abortion would be legislated for in the case of the Eighth Amendment being repealed.

The bill lays out the framework for the referendum, which will ask people whether they want to retain the Eighth Amendment or delete it from the Constitution and insert the following wording: "That provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy".

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said this referendum is about asking citizens to allow women to make major decisions for themselves.

Mr Harris said he was looking into introducing a system of free contraception in an effort to reduce pregnancies.

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It is generally in line with the recommendations of the all-party Oireachtas committee which proposed allowing terminations without restriction up to 12 weeks, although the document will use different wording. Today, Mr Harris stated it will be hard to meet the May deadline.

"I think what the Supreme Court did was it showed how lucky we are to have the Eighth Amendment".

Fianna Fáil's Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher believes the current laws are unfair.

"It's about trusting women to decide, in the early weeks of their pregnancy, what's right for them and their families".

He will describe the regime he would aim to bring in in the event of a repeal vote.

But she said the courts would still feature as all legislation that comes through parliament is subject to review of the courts.

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".

Labour's Joan Burton said she hoped the debate would be respectful and produce a good outcome for the people of Ireland. It was announced that Isobel Kennedy SC will chair the Referendum Commission.

The debate is due on continue today until 4pm.

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