Ireland: Citizens’ Assembly offers ‘wide views’ on abortion law changes

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Extra weekend added to agenda to allow more time to consider eighth amendment
Jan 8, 2017
by Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times

An extra weekend will be added to the Citizens’ Assembly agenda in order to allow members more time to consider the eighth amendment to the Constitution, it was decided this weekend.

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly on Sundaty discussed for the first time what its eventual recommendations on possible changes to the law on abortion could look like.

On Sunday morning the members wrote a reflective exercise on issues that might impact on eventual recommendations. Chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Laffoy read what she emphasised was an “ad hoc flavour” of written responses from members which they wrote during the exercise.

Asked what were the reasons to regulate or not to regulate through the Constitution, there was “a very wide range of views”, Ms Laffoy said.

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Source: Irish Times