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Govt to give Council of Europe 'action plan' on abortion report by 30 Nov

The Department of Health said the government still intends to bring the report to Cabinet on Tuesday.

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly
Minister for Health Dr James Reilly
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THE DEPARTMENT OF Health has said that it will submit its action plan on the Expert Group’s abortion report to the Council of Europe by 30 November.

The report of its Expert Group is into the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the A, B and C case.  Today, the department said that the Expert Group submitted its report to the Department of Health on 13 November and the Minister for Health is currently examining this document.

It confirmed that the Minister for Health still intends to bring the report to government on Tuesday, 27 November seeking Cabinet approval for its publication.

It said that the government is due to submit its further Action Plan to the Council of Europe by 30 November and the Council of Europe have been notified of this date.

Yesterday, RTÉ’s Prime Time said that one of its reporters had seen a section of the report, and that it contains has a number of options, including primary legislation; the issuing of guidelines without primary legislation; legislation alone; or legislation plus regulations.

Read: Prime Time ‘reveals section of Expert Group report on abortion’>

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