08/07/2013

Dáil To Debate Abortion Bill Amendments

Over 60 amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill are to be discussed by the Dáil in the coming week, with Minister for Health James Reilly saying he hopes to address all concerns.

It is understood that a number of Fine Gael TDs have said they will not support the Bill while it contains a suicide as a reason for permitting a termination.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week, Mr Reilly said: "There has been a number of people who perhaps have been concerned that it wasn't clear about the importance of protecting the life of the unborn.

"That has been made very clear with amendments that will be coming forward and I think that's important."

However, while he would not be drawn on discussing any particular amendment, he appears to have ruled out adopting an amendment to remove reference to suicide.

He added: "If it was the intention to omit an entire section, no, that is not something that will happen."

(MH/CD)

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