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National Women's Council Calls For Abortion Services After 12 Weeks Pregnancy

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Under current laws women must be less than 12 weeks pregnant.

The National Women's Council is calling for abortion services to be available here after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Under current laws, women must be less than 12 weeks pregnant to be certified by a doctor to have an abortion, except for in certain circumstances.

The Abortion Working Group - made up of 23 civil organisations - is calling for changes to abortion legislation as part of the government's review.

The group wants to see the criminal aspect of abortion to be removed from the current laws.

Chair of the Abortion Working Group and Director of the National Women's Council, Orla O'Connor, says abortion services should be widely available later than 3 months pregnancy:

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