Monday 19 February 2018

'Abortion on demand not likely,' hears committee

Leinster House (Stock picture)
Leinster House (Stock picture)

Shona Murray

It is "very unlikely" that the repeal of the Eighth Amendment will lead to "abortion on demand", the Oireachtas committee on abortion has heard.

The committee of TDs and senators was meeting for the second time to hear legal opinion on the implications of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Mary O'Toole SC told the court she did not believe the High Court would sanction an "abortion on demand" scenario because of the historical opposition to such legislation.

"I think it is very unlikely abortion on demand will be the outcome" in the event that the public votes to repeal the Eighth Amendment, she said. "I think the whole ethos of Ireland's approach makes that unlikely."

Over the next few months, the committee will hear from a range of experts. Earlier this year, members of the Citizens' Assembly voted overwhelmingly to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution and replace it with a provision that confirms any rights related to the unborn, the termination of pregnancy and any rights of the expectant mother be dealt with by the Oireachtas.

Irish Independent

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