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Abortion Act: The Cabinet will consider the recommendations of the Review Committee

Dublin: The cabinet will consider the review report on the abortion law on Tuesday. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has stated that the government does not want to make any fundamental changes. The prime minister said it was disturbing to make major changes to a law that was accepted by the public.

However, there are indications that the government will consider various recommendations, including the fact that doctors who perform abortions will not face criminal charges. A criminal case for abortion is punishable by up to 14 years in prison under current law.

The fact that the opposition parties, including Sinn Fein, support the law reform will make things easier. At the same time, some opposition leaders have criticised the Prime Minister’s open declaration that no fundamental changes will be made.

Despite the Prime Minister’s comments, it is possible that the legislative changes will be referred to a parliamentary committee for consideration. A decision will also be made at the cabinet meeting. Barrister Marie O’Shea chaired the recommendations.

A three-day waiting period is recommended before reconsidering an abortion decision. According to the review report, this period should be optional rather than mandatory. If this is acceptable, the doctor may advise you to wait three more days.

Currently, an abortion after 12 weeks requires two medical practitioners to certify that the fetus will die within 28 days of birth. According to the group’s recommendation, this will be reduced to one medical practitioner.

Micheal Martin, the Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, welcomed the review report’s recommendations. Sinn Féin’s health spokesman, David Cullinane, has demanded that the review committee’s recommendations be immediately referred to a parliamentary committee.

Aontú  leader Peadar Toibin, Labour leader Ivana Basick, People Before Profit TD Brid Smith, and Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns have also welcomed the recommendations.

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