Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act
16 August 2013
Labour Women is proud that the Labour Party has delivered on its commitment to legislate for X during the lifetime of this government and make this country a safer place for pregnant women. On 30th July last, President Michael D Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into Law. This legislation allows for a termination of a pregnancy to be carried out where there is a real and substantial risk to the life as opposed to the health of the mother and crucially it outlines the processes that will be used to establish whether that risk exists. The legislation provides much needed legal clarity to doctors in Ireland and legal protection to pregnant women in life threatening situations.
However the journey is not over yet and Labour Women will continue to campaign for choice for Irish women. Until we repeal the 8th Amendment thousands of Irish Women will continue to travel to the UK to access the medical care that they need - women who receive a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality, women who have been raped, women whose health is in danger. Labour Women will continue to campaign and fight for the reproductive rights of all women in Ireland until we repeal the 8th Amendment.