Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in A, B and C v Ireland

Issued : Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in A, B and C v Ireland

The Government today (27th November, 2012) published the Report of the Expert Group on the judgment in A, B and C v Ireland. This report provides background information on the topic of termination of pregnancy in Ireland, and sets out options for the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the A, B and C v Ireland case.

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Summary

On foot of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the A, B and C v Ireland case, and to fulfil a commitment included in the Programme for Government, the Government established an Expert Group to make recommendations on how this matter should be properly addressed.

The terms of reference of the Group were as follows:

- To examine the A, B and C v Ireland judgment of the European Court of Human Rights.

- To elucidate its implications for the provision of health care services to pregnant women in Ireland.

- To recommend a series of options on how to implement the judgment taking into account the constitutional, legal, medical, and ethical considerations involved in the formulation of public policy in this area and the over-riding need for speedy action.

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