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Policy Paper on Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy

The Joint Oireachtas Committee published its Report on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, on Wednesday 20th December 2017. The Committee’s Report reflected the majority position of its membership with dissenting positions and voting records set out on Appendix 4 of the Committee’s Report.

On the 29th of January 2018, the Government approved the holding of a referendum on Article 40.3.3 before the end of May 2018, subject to the timely passage of a Constitutional Amendment Bill on the matter by the Houses of the Oireachtas.

It will be a matter for the Irish people to consider and determine by way of Referendum whether or not to amend the Constitution. This paper outlines policies which the Government decided it would seek to give effect to in a General Scheme of a Bill regulating termination of pregnancy in Ireland should the proposed referendum be passed. The policies outlined in this paper would only be relevant in the event that the proposed referendum on Article 40.3.3 is passed.

In order to transform these polices into a General Scheme, these policies will require further scrutiny, refinement and definition taking account of legal advice from the Office of the Attorney General.

Policy Paper: Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy