Fatal Foetal Abnormalities - urgent need to legislate

16 February 2015

Fatal Foetal Abnormalities - urgent need to legislate!

Following the defeat of Clare Daly's Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill which was largely deemed unconstitutional by those who voted against it, I wrote to Jerry Buttimer, TD Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee asking that they hold hearings to begin the process of examining the possibility of legislating for abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities. 

Here is some of the coverage around my call for further action.

Irish Times on Thursday 12th February coverage of my letter to the Oireachtas Health Committee. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/senator-asks-health-committee-to-resume-abortion-hearings-1.2100440 

Irish Examiner, Thursday 12th February coverage of my letter to the Oireachtas Heath Commitee - http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/committee-considers-hearings-on-termination-rules-312173.html

RTE Radio 1, Sunday 15th February I spoke about the issues arising from Clare Daly's Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill and the urgent need to legislate on this matter. http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!type=doPlayThis&rii=0%3A20728324%3A0%3A%3A&detail= 

Irish Examiner, Tuesday 10th February - Labour Party statement on defeating the Bill and highlights the Labour Women Commission to Repeal the 8th Amendment. http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/labour-to-reject-motion-on-abortion-311674.html

Irish Independent, Saturday14th February - Liz O'Donnell writes - 'In the light of the above and wide public support for the change, it might have been more enlightened politics to allow a committee stage examination so as to tease out these medical and ethical issues with the expert contribution of medics as we had in the hearings in advance of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act. Although it may have ultimately been defeated, incremental progress and informed debate would have been achieved. Senator Ivana Bacik has proposed this.'   http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/liz-odonnell/labour-lost-face-on-a-key-social-policy-issue-when-it-went-against-dalys-bill-30991449.html 

Irish Times, Saturday 8th February. Former Labour Party Deputy Leader in support of Repealing the 8th Amendement. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/r%C3%B3is%C3%ADn-meets-liz-mcmanus-in-favour-of-removing-8th-amendment-1.2104352

 

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