Govt to draw up new abortion legislation next month
on 08/03/2013 17:27:53
Irish authorities have told the Council of Europe that new laws will be enacted within four months.
Legislation to allow for abortion where there is a threat to a woman's life will be drawn up next month, and enacted before the summer.
The state has made the committment in a timetable provided to the Council of Europe - which oversees the European Court of Human Rights
Last year the government decided to introduce legislation and regulations to clarify the law for women and doctors.
Today the Council of Europe welcomed the indicitive timetable provided and said Ireland has a legal obligation to introduce effective procedures so that women can establish whether or not they are entitled to a lawful abortion.