In answer to a parliamentary question, the Minister for Health has indicated that there are NO plans to introduce censorship zones outside abortion facilities at this time.
This is a clear change from the previous position where a Bill entitled “Safe Access to Termination of Pregnancy Services Bill” was on the Legislation Programme.
The legal advice received by the Minister and the advice given by the Garda Commissioner has clearly influenced the latest development. The attempts by senior politicians to demonise pro-life people gathering peacefully has in effect been contradicted by the Garda Commissioner who said there was no evidence of any incidents that warranted a change in the law.
While the latest development is very good news, the fact is that we in the pro-life movement must remain vigilant to ensure that freedom of assembly and freedom of speech is fully protected.
You can read the Parliamentary Question and Answer here https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2021-07-13/55
*Pictured are Alina Dulgheri and Elizabeth Howard of Be Here For Me at Dáil Éireann in 2019