Harris to legislate for ‘safe zones’ around abortion services

Minister for Health says he intends to bring forward stand-alone legislation next year

Women protesting outside the Dáil to demand the right to free, safe and legal abortion. Photograph: James Forde

Women protesting outside the Dáil to demand the right to free, safe and legal abortion. Photograph: James Forde

Minister for Health Simon Harris has pledged to bring forward legislation to provide for so-called exclusion zones around premises where women are receiving abortion care.

The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill entered the Seanad on Thursday for the final stage of debate before it passes into law.

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