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Thursday 17 April 2014

Taoiseach Enda Kenny refuses suicide abortion plea

Enda Kenny says suicide as grounds for abortion will not be removed from bill
Enda Kenny says suicide as grounds for abortion will not be removed from bill

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says suicide as grounds for abortion will not be removed from the Government’s contentious legislation.

Mr Kenny’s has outright refused to accede from a request European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton that it be taken out of the legislation.

He said it was “not possible” to exclude it, adding he was bound by constitution and he could unpick decisions of the Supreme Court.

The Taoiseach also said he would not ask people to support proposals that would lead to a liberal abortion regime.

And he denied he was breaking a pre-election Fine Gael pledge by legislating for abortion.

Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin has also indicated he will oppose the bill, and he is likely to be the only one in his own party to do so.

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