DUBLIN, Ireland - Following a historic referendum, in which the Irish majority voted to strike down a decades-old ban on abortion, the country's Health Minister has made a declaration that was lauded in several parts of the world.
Merely 24 hours after the Irish President Michael Higgins signed Ireland’s abortion referendum result into law, Ireland has declared that it would soon offer the abortion procedure cost-free.
The Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has announced that the medical service will be offered free of cost, as soon as country’s the new abortion law is in place.
Currently in the process of drafting Ireland's new abortion law, Harris said in a statement, "I’ve said from the start that I don’t want cost to be a barrier, because if cost is a barrier you get into a situation where one of two things happen: You get abortion clinics to develop or you can see people having to continue to travel."
Harris added, “I want [abortion services] to be provided as part of our health-care system, our public health-care system and part of our primary health-care system.”
The law being drafted by Harris is expected to be enacted as early as January 2019.
The announcement by the Irish Health Minister comes merely months after the historic vote in May legalized abortion in Ireland.