Would you be happy to see abortion with no restriction up to 12 weeks?
Well, the committee is expected to vote in favour of allowing unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks as members believe that inserting clauses to allow for terminations in cases of rape and incest would be unworkable.
Health Minister Simon Harris said he has prepared for various scenarios ahead of the final report from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment.
The committee will cast a series of votes relating to the repeal and replacement of the amendment, which gives equal status to the life of the mother and her unborn baby.
Several amendments proposed by members relating to the circumstances in which abortion should be made available – including gestation, viability and acceptable grounds for termination, such as rape or incest – will be considered.
However, TDs and Senators are expected to conclude that allowing abortion in cases of rape and incest only is unworkable due to the high burden of proof required to prove rape.
During previous hearings, Prof Tom O’Malley BL said that in cases where a woman has an abortion after being raped, it could in theory be used as evidence against the accused and so prejudice a trial.
It was also heard that cross-examining a woman who may have just been raped – in order to decide if she was eligible for an abortion – would be deeply traumatic.
The widespread and unregulated use of abortion pills is another reason why members will support unrestricted access.
Today I want to know if you would be happy to see abortion with no restriction up to 12 weeks brought in.
Or if you are totally against it!
The vote is due to be announced later in the day however, there are still many stages after the vote to be considered before the question for the referendum is decided on.
Many people believe the committee has been one-sided in its views on abortion with many anti-abortion speakers and experts choosing not to be involved because of it.
I want to know what you think of this potential vote of abortion with no restrictions up to 12 weeks.
Would you be happy with this recommendation?