The 2018 Act has been transformative for reproductive healthcare in Ireland, but flaws in the law remain, says Chief Executive
The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) has today (26.01.22) called for robustness and rigour in the review of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018, following the appointment of Ms Marie O’Shea B.L. as its independent Chair.
Niall Behan Chief Executive of the IFPA said: “The 2018 Act has been transformative for reproductive healthcare in Ireland, but flaws in the law continue to undermine abortion access for many women.
“It is critically important for women that these failings are addressed and that the review makes robust recommendations to the Government for reforms to the abortion law to ensure access to this essential healthcare for all who need it.
“We know as an abortion care provider that restrictions such as the 12-week limit, 3-day waiting period and restrictive definition of foetal anomaly in the Act create unacceptable barriers to necessary healthcare. These restrictions are compounded by the chilling effect of criminalisation and the lack of hospital and GP provider coverage in some counties.
“The review is an opportunity to make reforms to Ireland’s abortion law so that it fully supports reproductive autonomy. The IFPA looks forward to working with the newly appointed chair of the abortion review Marie O’Shea B.L to ensure that the review is rigorous and rights based.”
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- The IFPA is Ireland’s leading sexual health provider. The organisation offers a comprehensive range of services which promote sexual health and support reproductive choice on a not-for-profit basis, and promotes the right of all people to comprehensive, dedicated and affordable sexual and reproductive health information and services.