Call For Abortion To Be Allowe...


Call For Abortion To Be Allowed After 12 Weeks

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:10 15 Mar 2022

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The National Women's Council is calling for abortion services to be available here after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Under current laws, women must be less than 12 weeks pregnant to be certified by a doctor to have an abortion, except for in certain circumstances.

The Abortion Working Group, made up of 23 civil organisations, is calling for changes to the legislation as part of the government's review.

The group wants to see the criminal aspect of abortion removed from the current laws.

Chair of the Abortion Working Group and Director of the National Women's Council, Orla O'Connor, says abortion services should be widely available later than 3 months;

"That restriction is making it extremely difficult for women and it's meaning that women are still having to travel because it can be quite difficult to access abortion care within that 12-week limit and we must remember that just 1 in 10 GPs are providing abortion care."

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