Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (777)

Holly Cairns

Question:

777. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Health the details of the review of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 which is due to take place not later than three years after its commencement under section 7 of the Act; the format this review will take; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8350/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the Deputy will be aware, section 7 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 states that

"The Minister shall, not later than 3 years after the commencement of this section, carry out a review of the operation of this Act.”

The review clause was included in the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 in order to facilitate monitoring of the operation of the legislation in practice, as well as of the delivery of services in the area.

Officials in my Department are working on details of the review of the operation of the Act, which, as set out in the Programme for Government Our Shared Future , will be conducted in 2021.