Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ceisteanna (144)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

144. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health the status of the outstanding recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly. [26883/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the Deputy will be aware, on Friday the 25 May 2018, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of deleting Article 40.3.3 in its entirety, and substituting an article in the Constitution, the object and effect of which is to articulate clearly the principle that laws may be enacted by the Oireachtas to provide for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.

On the 29 May, Government approved the drafting of legislation to regulate termination of pregnancy. This legislation will be based on the General Scheme of a Bill to Regulate Termination of Pregnancy approved by Government on the 27 of March and published on my Department’s website. 

The provisions of the General Scheme are based on the recommendations of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which was established to consider the report and recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly.