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Council of State meeting on abortion law ends

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8:46 PM - 29 Jul 2013



The meeting of the Council of State to discuss the proposed abortion laws has ended.

President Michael D Higgins and the group of 21 discussed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill for around three-and-a-half hours.

President Higgins had summoned the council to discuss whether the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is in keeping with the constitution or not.

But there's no word yet on whether President Higgins will choose to sign the bill into law.

If he chooses to send it to the Supreme Court for a decisive legal test, the court will have two months to reach a final decision on whether the bill and the constitution are in harmony.

If the bill is upheld by the court, it will be legally fireproof and cannot be challenged in future.

If the President signs the bill it will still have the force of law - but is open to a supreme court challenge at a later date.



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