Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1757)

Micheál Martin

Question:

1757. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied that terminations are not being carried out in private clinics; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33984/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 was passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas on 13 December 2018 and signed into law by the President on 20 December 2018. Services for termination of pregnancy commenced on 1 January 2019.  

Sections 26 to 28 of the Act provide universal access to termination of pregnancy services for people who are ordinarily resident in the State (i.e., services are provided free of charge). However, women - from both within and outside the State - may also access the service on a private basis should they so choose, although they will have to pay a fee to do so. There is no requirement for a termination of pregnancy to be carried out in a particular location.