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Abortion Bill Will Go To Dáil Before Recess

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The Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed he'll bring legislation on abortion before the Dáil before the summer break.

There had been question marks about whether there was enough time to draft the bill, in the wake of the Yes result in Friday's referendum.

Simon Harris will bring a memo to Cabinet tomorrow on introducing the legislation to allow for termination of pregnancy.

A draft version of the legislation was published ahead of the referendum.

The Minister will meet the health spokespeople from other political parties and stakeholders this week.

66.4% of Irish voters voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment last Friday.

Meanwhile, the Irish Family Planning Association is calling on the government to immediately introduce a moratorium on any prosecutions against women who buy abortion pills over the internet.

Yes campaigners with their posters celebrating at Dublin Castle, 26-05-2018. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

The Government has proposed abortion without restriction for up to 12 weeks into pregnancy.

Terminations would not be allowed in almost all circumstances after 12 weeks - except where there is a serious risk to the health or life of the woman, or in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

Over the weekend, the Together For Yes group called on the Oireachtas to pass the new laws as soon as possible - suggesting politicians should hold a special sitting during the summer if needed.


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