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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 13 July 2021

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Ceisteanna (51)

Neasa Hourigan


51. Deputy Neasa Hourigan asked the Minister for Health the status of the review of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28069/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 was signed into law on 20 December 2018 and commenced on 1 January 2019. Section 7 of the Act 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 is being progressed this year and it will be led by an independent expert.   

While I expect that the independent expert appointed may wish to input on the approach and methodology, at this stage I anticipate that the review will take a three-part approach to reviewing the operation of the Act, with strands focusing on service users, service providers and a public consultation.  

Research to inform the service user and service provider strands will be commissioned and carried out independently, and a public consultation will be held. 

have held a number of meetings with stakeholder groups to discuss the approach for the review. This includes a cross-party Oireachtas Committee, and a group of Civil Society organisations brought together by the NWCI. I will also be meeting with clinicians providing services. That process is continuing, and the approach will be finalised in due course.

Upon completion, a full report with any necessary recommendations, will be submitted to me, as Minister, for consideration.