Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (421)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

421. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of plans to improve access to contraception in 2019; if this includes measures to remove the cost barrier to accessing long-acting reversible contraceptives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5495/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Work is continuing on the implementation of the ancillary recommendations of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. This includes exploring issues associated with enhancing access to contraception, with a view to developing evidence-based policy in this area.

Preparations are ongoing for the initial expansion of free access to condoms in 2019. Condom use has the advantage of reducing both crisis pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.