Citizen's Assembly hears from experts on the issue of pregnancy through rape

They are in their third weekend of talks

Citizen's Assembly hears from experts on the issue of pregnancy through rape

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The Citizen's Assembly has heard from experts on the issue of pregnancy through rape.

The assembly met today to continue its discussions on the issue of abortion and the Eighth Amendment.

The group of 99 citizens will make recommendations to the Oireachtas on whether a referendum should be held on the issue.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and the Sexual Assault Unit at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, were among the organisations which presented to the assembly today.

Tom O'Malley a lecturer at NUIG and a practicing barrister specialising in judicial review, says drafting legislation for abortion in cases of rape would be complicated.

He said that if abortion were to be allowed in cases of rape, it would be impractical to wait for a criminal conviction in order to prove that the rape had taken place.

In a statement released on Friday, Chairperson of the Assembly, Justice Mary Laffoy said that at this weekend's meeting there "will also be a session dedicated to the submissions that were received by the Assembly."

She added that "members will receive 300 randomly selected submissions with the purpose of driving discussion on both the content and range of views that exist."