Contraceptive service: advice and all non-medically prescribed contraceptives available in TCD Students' Union Stationery Shop: No. 5 TCD (under the arch - first door on the right) [.] Open 10 - 5 [p.m.] /
[Trinity College Dublin Students' Union].
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Undated poster, black font on white background. Under the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1935 contraception was prohibited in the Republic of Ireland. The Supreme Court ruled in 1973 (McGee v. A.G. & Anor  IESC 2;  IR 284) that married couples had a constitutional right to privacy which encompassed family planning and in 1974, Minister for Justice Patrick Cooney introduced a bill to accommodate this, but it was defeated in a free vote [with Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave amongst those opposing it]. Charles Haughey, Minister for Health introduced the Health (Family Planning) Act, 1979 to allow contraceptives to be available, only by medical prescription, "for the purpose, bona fide, of family planning or for adequate medical reasons". Contraceptives could only be dispensed by a pharmacist on the presentation of a valid medical prescription from a practising doctor and those who had moral objections would not be obliged to write or fill such prescriptions. This came into effect on 1 November 1980. The Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act, 1985 liberalised Irish law allowing condoms and spermicides to be sold to those over 18 years of age without having to present a prescription; however sale was limited to categories of places named in the act. The Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act, 1992 repealed Section 4 of the 1979 act, [as amended in 1985] and continued the provision of contraceptives without prescription, allowing sale to individuals over the age of 17.
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[Dublin : TCD Students' Union, n.d., ca. late 1980's-early 1990's?].
Two copies of this item are held in the Department of Ephemera.
Physical description: 1 sheet ; 33.7 x 43.1 cm.
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