Saturday 18 November 2017

Citizens' Assembly to meet today to address rape and abortion

Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly, Justice Mary Laffoy, speaks at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, Dublin Photo: Tony Gavin
Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly, Justice Mary Laffoy, speaks at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, Dublin Photo: Tony Gavin
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The Citizens' Assembly will today meet to discuss the availability abroad of legal terminations and the legal aspects of caring for female rape victims in Ireland.

This is the assembly's third weekend-long sitting on the Constitution's restrictions on abortion.

Members will discuss the submissions they have received from the public and a number of medical, legal and ethical experts will give presentations on the Eighth Amendment.

The UN-associated World Health Organization has recommended an American academic to outline the availability of legal terminations abroad.

More than 13,500 submissions have been made to the assembly by members of the public.

The 99 members will meet at a hotel in Malahide, Co Dublin and this weekend will mark the mid-point in the process.

In late April the assembly will vote on what to recommend to legislators regarding the future of constitutional restrictions on abortion in Ireland.

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