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Ireland legalizes individual choice not to move through full pregnancy

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A bill to legalize abortion services in the Republic of Ireland has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament), the BBC reported, citing Irish Broadcaster RTÉ.

On Thursday evening the report and final stages of the bill passed in the Seanad (Irish Senate).

The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill will now be given to the President to be signed into law.

The Republic of Ireland overturned its abortion ban in a referendum in May.

The Seanad spent nine hours debating the bill on Thursday.

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris tweeted his support for the latest developments, saying, “Just over 200 days ago, you, the people of Ireland voted to repeal the 8th so we could care for women with compassion. Today we have passed the law to make this a reality. A vote to end lonely journeys, end the stigma and support women’s choices in our own country.”

The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill allows for abortion services to be provided “on demand” up to the 12th week of a pregnancy, in the case of a fatal fetal abnormality or where the physical or mental health of the mother is in danger.

Since the bill’s introduction at first stage in October, there have been some minor changes, including a decision to review the legislation after three years, rather than five years as was originally planned.

Two different doctors will be allowed to assess a woman in early pregnancy, and the offenses section has been moved from the front of the bill.