Sweeping changes to Ireland’s abortion laws are likely, following a major review of the legislation.
The review was tasked with examining how effective Ireland’s abortion regime has been since its introduction following the Eighth Amendment Referendum.
It was led by Barrister Marie O’Shea and The Irish Times reports that it is set to recommend 10 law changes and 60 operational changes.
Among the proposed legal changes, is a call for the current three-day waiting period for anyone seeking an abortion to be made optional.
The review also calls for changes to the laws surrounding termination in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.
Currently women can only access abortion outside 12 weeks gestation if two medical practitioners form a reasonable opinion the foetus will likely die before or within 28 days of birth.
It is understood the review recommends that if a doctor has formed an opinion in good faith that a pregnancy would result in a fatal foetal abnormality, they can recommend a termination.
The review also calls for an end to the criminalisation of doctors that carry out abortions outside the specific circumstances allowed for by law.
Currently, doctors face up to 14 years in prison if they provide abortion care in any other circumstance.
The review also calls for strict obligations to be placed on healthcare workers to prevent them from providing misinformation.
The report is expected to be brought to Cabinet by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly next week.