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President Signs Abortion Bill Into Law

Brendan O'Loughlin
Brendan O'Loughlin

04:22 20 Dec 2018


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Abortion is now legal in Ireland.

The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill has been signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins.

More than 3 thousand doctors were issued with clinical guidelines on abortion services yesterday.

GPs will be able to provide terminations via medication for women who are under 9 weeks pregnant.

A woman will have three consultations with the doctor with a 3-day delay between the first and second meeting.

The Health Minister's described it as an "historic" day, and says he will sign a number of orders tomorrow to enact the law from January 1st.

Amnesty International has welcomed the signing of the bill into law.

Sorcha Tunney from the group has described it as " both a historical milestone for this country and an inspiration for millions of people globally".

"Ireland’s abortion law was one of the most restrictive in the world, and today that is finally ending", she said.


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