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Abortion legislation 'will be made law here by end of July'

LEGISLATION on abortion will be published next month and put into law by the end of July.

A timetable outlining the State's legislative response to the X Case, following a delay of two decades, has finally been revealed and comes more than four months after the death of Savita Halappanavar.

A Council of Europe committee of ministers, which monitors how member states respond to judgements of the European Court of Human Rights, revealed details of the Government's plans for legislation.

The timetable given by the Government to the committee had stated a bill will be enacted in the Oireachtas before the summer recess.

The committee had been monitoring the response to a judged by the European Court on the ABC v Ireland case.

The court had ruled that Ireland had to further clarify whether and under which circumstances an abortion may be performed to save the life of a pregnant woman.

The committee members were examining the Irish Government's actions to bring in legislation last October at the same time as the international furore following the death of Savita Halappanavar in hospital in Galway. Her husband said she was miscarrying her baby but claimed a doctor told him an abortion could not be performed because a foetal heartbeat was still present.

A statement issued by the committee "welcomed the indicative timetable presented" by the Irish Government.

The timetable stated a bill being published in April and "that the Bill itself would be introduced....with the goal of having it enacted by the end of July, having due regard to the prerogative of parliament."