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Date set for abortion advice to begin in Republic of Ireland

Michael D Higgins signed legislation into law
Michael D Higgins signed legislation into law

By Cate McCurry

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) will provide legal abortion services from January 7, it has confirmed.

The announcement comes a day after abortion officially became legal in the Republic of Ireland, with president Michael D Higgins signing new legislation into law.

A Bill to legalise abortions in passed through all its parliamentary stages earlier this month.

The IFPA said it had completed preparations for the introduction of abortion services and would provide abortion care at its clinics in Dublin city centre and Tallaght on January 7.

On Thursday, President Higgins signed the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018.

The new laws allow for unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, subject to a cooling-off period and a requirement for medical consultation. After 12 weeks, abortions will be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

The legislation gives effect to the result of the referendum on the issue in May.

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