Pregnant women should receive the best care when they need an abortion and not be passed from one doctor or hospital to another. The government should turn to Sweden and Finland, where patients` rights come first and conscientious objections are not allowed. July 2016: A private member`s bill on abortion in the event of a fatal fetal abnormality is defeated by 95 votes to 45. The Health (Termination of Pregnancy Regulation) Act 2018 sets out the circumstances and processes in which abortion is legally performed in Ireland. It was signed by the President of Ireland on 20 December 2018 after being approved by both houses of the Oireachtas and legalising abortion in Ireland. Abortion services began on January 1, 2019. This law allows abortions up to the age of 12. week of pregnancy; or if there is a danger to the life or serious harm to the health of the pregnant woman; or if, in an emergency, there is a risk to the life or serious damage to the health of the pregnant woman; or if there is a condition that could result in the death of the fetus before or within 28 days of birth. Ultimately, our Constitution needs a serious renewal. Our „founding fathers” did not design it with gender or racial justice in mind. We should work towards a change in gender equality that would protect basic human rights and take us beyond Roe`s limited conception of abortion as a right to privacy. What are we waiting for? Let`s start now.

From 22 October, abortion will be decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Anyone who has access to an abortion service, including abortion pills, will not be prosecuted. Julie F. Kay is a human rights lawyer who has argued against Ireland`s abortion ban before the European Court of Human Rights and is the author of „Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom”. The issue of travelling to the UK for an abortion was relevant to many Irish abortion cases, such as case X in 1992, case C in 1997 and Miss D case in 2007, as well as in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities. In response to the HRC`s decision in Mellet v. Ireland (2016), the government awarded Amanda Mellet €30,000 in compensation, in part for forcing her to travel. [24] The HSE has an unintended pregnancy support service called My Options, which provides information about ongoing pregnancy and access to abortion in Ireland. If the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v.

Wade, the 1973 decision, legalized abortion in the United States, the nation could be on a similar path to that of the Irish people from 1983 to 2018. A draft decision signed by the majority of Conservative justices was leaked in May 2022, suggesting that the court could do just that. Procedures for access to abortion after 12 weeks in cases of severe fetal abnormality also impose impractical restrictions on doctors. This can lead to women being denied abortion in serious circumstances. What happened in the 35 years since the referendum in Ireland has been a struggle to legalize abortion. It included several court cases, proposed constitutional amendments and intensive advocacy, which ended in another referendum in 2018 and again amended the Irish constitution to legalise abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy. At Ireland`s second Universal Periodic Review, the country`s restrictive abortion laws were the main issue of concern to UN member states. 15 countries make recommendations to reform Ireland`s abortion laws: Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, India, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Uruguay. The United States, France and Canada also issue recommendations on sexual and reproductive health and sexual rights. For example, people seeking an abortion must meet a three-day waiting period after requesting an abortion and having the gestational age of the pregnancy certified by a doctor. There is no exception in the law for someone who exceeds or exceeds the 12-week limit during this waiting period while waiting for further tests prescribed by a doctor. As part of the constitutional review, the Irish government produced a 179-page Green Paper in 1999 summarizing Ireland`s abortion law in force at the time and held an all-party Oireactas Committee for the Constitution.