REPORT OF THE EXPERT GROUP ON THE JUDGMENT IN A, B AND C V IRELAND

This is the long awaited report, which was initially to be published last June, long before the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar 4 weeks ago.

In chapter 7, the Expert Group weighed advantages and disadvantages of each option, with a view to achieve legal clarity within a practicable system and the over-riding need for speedy action.

Implementation Options

Non-Statutory

• Guidelines

Statutory

  • Regulations – Regulate the provision of lawful termination of pregnancy by way of primary legislation to empower the Minister for Health to regulate the area by statutory instrument.
  • Legislation Alone – Regulate the provision of lawful termination of pregnancy by way of primary legislation.
  • Legislation plus Regulations – Regulate the provision of lawful termination of pregnancy by way of primary legislation, with certain matters left to the Minister for Health to regulate by way of secondary legislation.

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