Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, launched a public consultation today (Tuesday) on increasing access to contraception.
Earlier this year, Minister Harris established a Working Group to consider the policy, regulatory and legislative issues relating to enhanced access to contraception, following the recommendation of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment.
The public consultation launched today will inform the final report to the Minister. The consultation, which will remain open until midnight, Monday 5 August, is available on the Department of Health website.
Speaking today, Minister Harris said:
All responses will inform the Working Group’s examination of the issues on increasing access to contraception, and will enable the Working Group make appropriate recommendations to the Minister on policy options.
The Working Group was established in April 2019 and consists of officials from relevant policy areas within the Department of Health.
The Group will consider the range of policy, regulatory and legislative issues arising in relation to improving access to contraception and is working to the following Terms of Reference:
It is expected that the Working Group will report to the Minister by end September 2019.