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Citizens' Assembly Set To Deliver Report On The 8th Amendment To Oireachtas Today

By katedemolder

June 29, 2017 at 6:57am


The Citizens' Assembly will deliver its report on the highly topical 8th Amendment to the Oireachtas today.

The group of 100 citizens spent five months hearing experts reports and both public and personal testimonials with regards to the Irish law on abortion - and will be reporting on such today. 

According to Breaking News, it's expected that a Referendum on the issue will be held in early 2018.

Just over two months ago, two-thirds (64%) of the Assembly supported no restrictions on abortion under term limits and that abortion should be permitted in the State in a wide range of circumstances.

Colm O'Gorman from Amnesty International has said it's important the issue moves forward.

"From our perspective it's very very clear indeed all legal expertise points at the fact that the only way to guarantee the freedom of the Oireachtas to legislate for laws that fully respect to and fulfil the human rights to girls here in Ireland, is to remove the 8th Amendment in its entirety from the Constitution and that's something that the Citizens Assembly clearly recommended." 

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