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Abortion is one of the main items on a packed agenda for the Cabinet this morning.

Ministers will consider the general scheme of the laws that would come in if the Eighth Amendment is repealed.

For Simon Harris, today is about tightening up some of the policies we already know about.

For example, the cooling-off period between when a woman seeks an abortion and when she can get one will be set at 72 hours.

The scheme says abortions after 12 weeks will only be available in exceptional circumstances - in cases of fatal foetal abnormality or serious risk to the health or life of the woman.

The Cabinet will also look at some of the further recommendations of the Oireachtas committee, like reducing crisis pregnancy and increasing access to contraception.

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney will ask his colleagues to consider a two-thirds lock on the legislation.

That would mean if the Eighth Amendment is repealed and these laws come in, a two-thirds majority would be needed in the Dáil and Seanad to change the legislation.

It's aimed at ensuring there won't be creeping change on the issue in a bid to allay the fears of some on the pro-life side that this legislation would lead to even more liberal laws down the line


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