Reilly: Government 'reflecting' on changing abortion laws

A Cabinet minister says the Government may consider amending abortion laws to accommodate the victims of rape.

James Reilly, who introduced the laws as health minister, says the Government is "reflecting" on its options.

He was speaking ahead of this afternoon's Cabinet meeting, which is set to discuss the case of an asylum seeker who was denied an abortion.

Minister Reilly says the act has not been in place for long, but it is always possible to improve it.

He said: "Obviously, I'm very concerned, and I'm very concerned that that lady's privacy should be respected.

"The Act is only in for nine months so we do need to give some time to study how it has been operated and to see how it could be improved in terms of many of the conditions that relate around that."

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