Accessing Abortion in Ireland: Meeting the Needs of Every Woman
Published: Monday, May 24, 2021
This paper, commissioned by the National Women’s Council and authored by Dr Sinéad Kennedy explores the provision of abortion services in Ireland under the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 (ToP) since their introduction in January 2019. It explores women’s experience of abortion services as well as providers’ experience of service delivery, highlighting that there is still much more to be done to ensure all women and pregnant people can access timely and appropriate reproductive healthcare in Ireland. The paper identifies key issues with regard to the ToP Act, particularly in terms of its limitations and equity of access. Looking forward to the three-year Review of the ToP Act, the paper concludes by identifying several recommendations designed to ensure the enhancement of abortion care policy, service delivery and equitable access.