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We are still operating under a constitutional restraint and the criminal sanction has actually been slightly reduced:
Creighton replaced as Dáil passes new abortion law - Political News | Irish & International Politics | The Irish Times - Thu, Jul 11, 2013

Earlier, Minister for Health James Reilly said the criminal sanction for procuring an abortion will be reduced from penal servitude for life to a maximum of 14 years under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

In the final vote on an amendment, Dr Reilly rejected opposition appeals to decriminalise the procurement of an abortion and said it was essential to have a penalty to uphold the Constitution.

I have no problem with criminal sanction for a back-street abortion operation. The danger is that a young girl or woman may obtain an abortifacient over the internet and will then be afraid to go to her doctor if she becomes very ill subsequently - for fear of being criminalised.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 12th, 2013 at 09:48:03 AM EST
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I got the impression that while it wasn't illegal to have an abortion it was illegal to carry one out. Was that a mistaken impression from the boiling vat of crap?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jul 12th, 2013 at 10:05:55 AM EST
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"Destruction of unborn human life
22.(1) It shall be an offence to intentionally destroy unborn human life.
(2) A person who is guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on indictment to
a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years, or both.
(3) A prosecution for an offence under this section may be brought only by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions"

A women procuring an abortifacient over the internet and aborting a child would appear to be committing an offence under this Act - a point which was also made in the Dail yesterday

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 12th, 2013 at 10:47:30 AM EST
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