"It's about trusting women to decide, in the early weeks of their pregnancy, what's right for them and their families", said the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.
Abortion for a woman who procures one for herself would not be criminalised.
"This work has so far established that provision of free access to contraception methods, which are now limited to those with eligibility through the Primary Care Reimbursement Services, would require enabling primary legislation", said Harris.
He said providing free access to contraception, which is now limited to those with medical cards only, would require new legislation.
Abortion rights campaigners have been mobilizing on social media and in the streets since the announcement of a referendum, with many women telling their stories of having to travel to England to access abortion services.
It will say there should be abortion without specific indication for up to 12 weeks - meaning abortion will be allowed for any reason within the first trimester.
He is also proposing to introduce a time period which would be required to elapse between the assessment by a medical practitioner and an abortion being carried out.
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"Instead International Women's Day 2018 is being used as part of the government's choreography to introduce abortion on demand into Ireland".
"No matter what her circumstances, she can not access the care she needs in her own country", he said.
Health Minister Simon Harris will kickstart the debate on the bill that would allow a referendum on the 8th amendment.
"What his Bill provides for is withdrawing the right to life from an entire vulnerable group of human beings, namely unborn babies".
"Voters who support abortion in so-called limited circumstances need to know that what they hope for with repeal and what they'd get are two entirely different things".
He added: "The first thing we have to do, if we are to bring about change, is to repeal Article 40.3.3".
While he said the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment were focused on the discussion and recommendations on the issue of abortion, it also raised issues such as free access to contraception, comprehensive sex education, obstetric care and counselling. "So today's Government proposal is, objectively speaking, more extreme than the law in Britain".