Simon Harris is 'extremely eager' to pass abortion legislation by the autumn
HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris is said to be âextremely eagerâ to start drafting abortion legislation and will meet with senior officials in his department today.
Ireland voted by 66.4% to 33.6% on Friday to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution and replace it with the 36th Amendment, directing the Oireachtas to legislation for the termination of pregnancy.
Speaking at their final press conference yesterday, campaign group Together for Yes called for the legislation to be enacted without delay.
A spokesperson for the Health Minister said last night that Harris intends to get approval from government to begin drafting the new laws this week.
Detailed draft legislation was published by the government ahead of the referendum.
The Department of Health is expected to deliver a memorandum for the government tomorrow about the upcoming l egislation.
Harris is also expected to brief members of the opposition and the Oireachtas Committee on his plans this week.
âThe minister is also conscious that a number of other items need to be advanced including the development of clinical guidance by medical colleges and institutes and the regulation of certain medication for termination,â a spokesperson said last night.
âThe minister hopes with the support of the Oireachtas to be able to pass legislation in this area in the autumn.â
If achieved, this could allow for the new laws to be brought in before the budget and there will be pressure on politicians to deliver on this timeline.
The confidence and supply agreement between Fianna FÃ¡il and Fine Gael expires after the next budget.
The Together for Yes campaign has called on the government to pass legislation allowing for the terminations of pregnancies by the summer.
Speaking this morning on RTÃâs Today with SeÃ¡n O âRourke, Fianna FÃ¡il leader MicheÃ¡l Mart said he would support summer sittings of the DÃ¡il if the legislation was prepared in time.
âIâm known in the DÃ¡il as being an advocate for longer sittings and I certainly would support that, and we owe it to the people,â Martin said.
Martin also said that he has been contacted by TDs within his own party who were campaigning for a No vote but who have committed to ensuring legislation is passed.
âAs far as Iâm concerned the people have now spoken, many deputies have contacted me, many of them whoâve voted No, theyâre very very clear that they will support the bill. They will certainly not do anything to oppose the legislation.âSource: Google News