Abortion and the Right to Life
The wording proposed for the protection of life in the new Constitution “A New Vision”, provides protection for the unborn child, while providing that pregnancy as a result of Rape, or where there is no reasonable expectation of a viable outcome of the pregnancy may be terminated on medical advice.
- The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn child and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.
- The State may however legislate for termination of a pregnancy in circumstances where the pregnancy occurs as the result of a criminal act, but any such termination shall not be permitted later than the eight week of the pregnancy.
- Additionally the State may legislate to permit the termination of a particular pregnancy, where on the advice of no less than two senior Medical Consultants, there is no reasonable expectation of a viable and sustainable outcome of the pregnancy.
- These limitations shall not apply in the case of a medical emergency, or where the life of the mother is in immediate jeopardy from the continuation of the pregnancy.