Press Release

Media Release: Statement by the Department of Health

The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act was signed into law by the President on 30 July 2013.

It has not yet commenced. It will be commenced as soon as is practicable.

There are operational issues which need to be addressed before it can be commenced.

These include the establishment of a panel of medical practitioners for the purpose of the formal medical review provisions and administrative facilities to enable the review committee, drawn from the review panel, to perform its functions.

As provided for in the Act, these operational issues will be addressed by the HSE.

In order to respect patient confidentiality, the Department of Health will be making no further comment on this issue.