The private members’ bill was defeated, but:
From the The Irish Family Planning Association:
We welcome the Government’s firm commitment to implement the judgment of the A, B and C v Ireland case during the Dáil debate on the Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012.
Rather than support the Bill, the Government parties opted to wait for the report of the expert group that they have established. The expert group will make recommendations regarding the implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the A, B and C v Ireland case. Minister James O’Reilly was unequivocal in his commitment to act when the expert group reports in July.
IFPA Chief Executive Niall Behan said: “The IFPA welcomes the Government’s commitment to the prompt implementation of the A, B and C judgment. This undertaking needs to be followed up by the immediate publication of the Government expert group’s report and a clearly outlined timeframe for action.
“This debate was a significant event in Irish politics. There was cross-party agreement that the Dáil must address the failure to provide for the limited right to abortion guaranteed by the X case and the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the A, B and C case. Such consensus demonstrates an increased appreciation on the part of elected representatives of the reality of abortion in Irish women’s lives and a better understanding of the appropriate political responses to crisis pregnancies.”
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