"We have some serious concerns that barriers to women accessing timely care remain. And there are some significant flaws," Amnesty International Ireland executive Colm O’Gorman said in a statement.
He said that the reference to "serious harm" in the bill set a "potentially high and ambiguous threshold" for terminations. This and the lack of a provision that would allow access in cases of pregnancies with severe fetal impairments, as well as mandatory waiting periods could cause delays.
"We are calling for a commitment from the Minister for Health to make further adjustments to the Act next year if these provisions cause barriers to access or any other barriers to access emerge," O’Gorman said.
The bill was introduced to parliament in October after a majority of the Irish voted in a referendum in May to repeal the rigid Eighth Amendment on abortions, adopted 35 years ago. Before that, the Republic of Ireland had a blanket ban on abortions.