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Anti-abortion demos may be banned from health settings
Health minister Stephen Donnelly

28 Jul 2022 / legislation Print

Anti-abortion demos may be banned from health settings

Anti-abortion protesters could face jail or fines for demonstrating outside healthcare units, under proposals brought before Cabinet (27 July) by health minister Stephen Donnelly.

Every healthcare setting would have a 100-metre cordon within which people could not protest, under legislation set to be discussed by politicians.

Within the zones, there would be a ban on any activity intended to influence the decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy.

Breaches would lead to an initial warning from An Garda Síochána, but repeat offenders would face a fine, and possible trial before a judge and jury.

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