Final Report Recommends Repealing The 8th


Repeal the 8th amendment is the recommendation of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion following the issuing of their final report this afternoon.

The main recommendations are repeal the 8th amendment, allow abortion without restriction for up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy, and allow abortion in the cases of fatal foetal abnormality without any term restrictions.

The recommendations also say that abortion should be decriminalised and should be allowed in circumstances supervised by a medical practitioner.

However, there have been questions about whether these recommendations would be agreed to in the Dáil.

Committee Chair Catherine Noone says it’s time to ‘get over divisions’ and let people have their say, but not all committee members agree on the report.

Mattie McGrath, Ronan Mullen and Peter Fitzpatrick have refused to sign off on the report and will issue their own minority report this afternoon.

Nonetheless, Labour TD, Jan O’Sullivan, says their view is very much in the minority and the committee’s report will be debated by the Oireachtas when they return from the Christmas holidays.

A referendum on the 8th amendment is likely to take place in May or June next year.

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