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‘Safe-zones’ measure goes to President
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02 May 2024 / legislation Print

‘Safe-zones’ measure goes to President

A bill that would introduce ‘safe-access zones’ around healthcare premises providing services linked to the termination of pregnancy has completed its passage through the Oireachtas and will now go to the President.

The Health (Termination of Pregnancy) (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2023 had already passed all stages in the Dáil, and has now completed all stages in the Seanad.

The legislation will create zones of 100 metres from an entrance or exit to a premises where obstetricians, gynaecologists, and general practitioners provide termination services.


The zones will also apply to hospitals that provide acute in-patient services within the meaning of section 51 of the Health Act 1970.

Within those zones, certain conduct aimed at impeding access, or influencing decisions in relation to termination of pregnancy services, will be prohibited.

Welcoming the bill’s completion, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that its fundamental premise was about respect.

“It is about dignity. It is about ensuring that people can access healthcare services and feel safe and not be intimidated,” he said.

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