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Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Ceisteanna (125)

Bríd Smith


125. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Health if an independent expert has been appointed to lead the review of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018; when the review will be concluded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59469/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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. Under section 7 of the Act, a review of the operation of the Act must be initiated within three years of the commencement of the Act, i.e., before January 2022. 

The review of the operation of the Act is being progressed this year, in line with statutory and Government commitments, and will conclude in 2022.

As I have stated previously, an independent Chair will be appointed to lead the review, which will comprise a three-part approach to appraise the operation of the Act, with strands focusing on service users, service providers and a public consultation. Independent research commissioned to inform the service user and service provider strands will form key elements of the review. An opportunity will be provided for interested groups, organisations, and members of the public to provide their views to inform the review. 

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