Abortion services available by the new year is "doable", says Simon Harris
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Abortion services available by the new year is "doable", says Simon Harris

The Minister for Health said that abortion should be available by January 2019.

Minister Simon Harris spoke after a cabinet meeting today on the topic of implementing abortion services following the passing of the referendum on May 25.

The TD said he was working on getting abortion legislated for and said that he would not apologise for being ambitious.

Speaking to Breaking News, Mr Harris said: "Since the scenes of relief in Dublin Castle back in May, 1,500 women have had scenes of crisis and devastation visit their home and visit their personal life, so we have to be ambitious."

"It shouldn’t be acceptable to women or anybody who cares for women that we can’t have this service in place (by January). I believe it’s doable," he added.

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Earlier this year, Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to make abortion legal up to 12 weeks by a landslide.