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Critical issues which the State must address in relation to the findings in the UN Human Rights Committee that a woman who was forced to either carry on with her pregnancy or travel for a termination in a case of a fatal foetal abnormality had her human rights violated, and the chilling effect on her medical team regarding the limits on their ability to give her information.
QUESTION NO: 31
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health (Marcella Corcoran Kennedy T.D.)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 12/07/2016
To ask the Minister for Health to amend the terms of the Treatment Abroad Scheme to include medical treatment in relation to termination of pregnancy, reasonable travel, accommodation and subsistence for the woman and a travel companion, particularly as the State’s forcing of a woman to rely on their own financial resources entirely outside the public healthcare system in a case (details supplied) constituted discrimination and a violation of human rights.
Clare Daly T.D.
Details Supplied: (Mellett v. Ireland)
Entitlement to travel for the purpose of receiving medical treatment in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland is provided for by EC Regulation 883/2004, which has as its objective the coordination of national social security systems within the EU/EEA and Switzerland. One of the conditions set out in this Regulation is that authorisation for treatment in another Member State will be allowed ” where the treatment in question is among the benefits provided for by the legislation in the Member State where the person concerned resides…”