Expert group favours legislation for abortion - The Irish Times - Sun, Nov 25, 2012
There are 4 optionsAccording to the Sunday Business Post, the expert group set up to deal with how the State deals with the issue of lawful abortions says legislation for the limited provision of abortion is required to make the State complaint with the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the ABC case.
The report offers a number of options but legislation and regulations are the preferred choice. It says the Minister for Health should identify at which medical centres an abortion can take place.
The report also calls for the establishment of an appeals process for women who have been refused an abortion to seek a review of the decision.
1. Introduction of guidelines which do not require primary legislation, which isn't going to meet our commitments to Europe.
2. Allow legal terminations of pregnancies where the life of the mother is at risk would be for the Minister for Health to administer regulations. This will still need legislation though and unlikely to make any MOH's life easier.
3.Introduction of legislation alone. Puts things on a statutory, democraticly endorsed solution, but will take time to word and implement.
4. Legislation plus regulations. Like the above only slightly easier to update.
They're extremely negative on number 1.
So it's good, and I'm sure Sean Ryan and his team have done a thorough job but.....didn't we know all this 3 years ago? Aren't successive governments just spinning their wheels looking to avoid drafting the clearly required legislation?
We need to legislate on this. The EU are clear on it. The medical profession are clear on it. It needs to happen.
The report is to be discussed on Tuesday, don't we need a clear message from the govt that the AG is going to be tasked with drafting this legislation?