No ‘test’ for rape victims under new abortion law
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 20 2017
Rape victims would be able to access abortions through a “health-led” rather than a criminal justice process if the Eighth Amendment were repealed.
Legislation being drafted by the Department of Health and the office of the attorney-general would not require women to prove that a crime had taken place before she could access a termination. The Times understands that abortions in cases of sexual crime would be a matter for “the woman and her doctor”, and there would be no obligation on the woman to report the crime to the authorities afterwards.