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Nov. 29, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
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It is expected that voting will take place on 13 December.
Earlier, the committee heard that 141 women from Ireland terminated their pregnancies in England or Wales last year following a diagnosis of a physical or mental abnormality.
A UK consultant has suggested the term serious or severe abnormality be used over fatal foetal abnormality.
The committee heard that 3,000 women travelled from the Republic of Ireland to England or Wales for a termination last year.
It was told that of those 141 women had terminations under clause E of the abortion act.
That clause allows abortion in England and Wales where there is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously disabled.
In his opening statement, Dr PJ Thompson, a Consultant in Fetal Medicine at Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital, said that the Westminster Parliament purposefully left it to the medical profession to make their decisions in good faith.
He advised the committee to desist from using the term fatal foetal abnormalities, because he said fatal is almost impossible to define.
When pressed by the committee chairperson on alternative wording, he suggested the term serious abnormality or severe abnormality.
The committee also heard from officials from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Education to sex education.

http://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1129/923827-eighth-amendment-committee-to-vote-on-13-december/