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Questions remain on 12-week abortion window

The cabinet agreed last week to hold a referendum asking voters to repeal the Eighth Amendment

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

11th March, 2018

When is a woman 12 weeks pregnant? The government has yet to decide exactly when the 12-week abortion window should begin.

In other EU countries that have legalised abortion in early pregnancy, the start date of a pregnancy is either the date of conception or the date of the pregnant woman’s last menstrual period - typically two weeks before that.

A 12-week time period that begins at conception would usually fall 14 weeks after...

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