Ireland: Abortion Contagion Spreading North

Aug 10, 2018 by

from SPUC:

The Health Minister for the Republic of Ireland has announced that women in the north will be able to access abortion services in the south.

In a move condemned by pro-life groups as an “utter contempt for democracy”, Minister Simon Harris has announced that women from Northern Ireland will be able to access abortion services in the Republic.

Abortion is already legal in Northern Ireland in cases where there is a serious risk to the mother’s mental or physical health.

The new legislation is due to be introduced in the Republic in the autumn, and will allow women access to an abortion within the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy from January 1, 2019.

Blind to women and children

In the course of the Irish abortion referendum campaign, Mr Harris appeared to express gratitude to the UK for helping Ireland to “turn a blind eye” to women in a crisis pregnancy. Now, speaking of the new legislation, Mr Harris claims that he “respects the law in the north” but also has concerns for women facing crisis pregnancies north of the border.

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