09/01/2013

Oireachtas To Hear Evidence On Legal Aspects Of Abortion

The Oireachtas Health Committee is to hear evidence today from legal experts on proposals to introduce legislation for abortion.

The purpose of the meetings, which will be held in the Seanad Chamber, will be to gather information which will be of assistance to Government in the drafting of the Heads of Bill following its decision. It is intended that the hearings will help to determine what issues need to be addressed in the Heads of Bill and draft regulations.

New figures for the number of terminations carried out in Irish maternity hospitals were revealed at yesterday's hearings.

Around six pregnancies a year are terminated to save the life of the mother at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin according to the health committee.

The BAr Council will not appear before the committee today because it could not find consensus on the issue.

(CD/GK)

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