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Sunday 20 April 2014

Joan Burton warns against delay in Government move on abortion

1,000 people took part in a vigil for Savita Halappanavar in Eyre Square in Galway on Saturday, where a one minute silence was held in her memory at 5.20pm

SOCIAL Protection Minister Joan Burton has called for a clear timeline in getting 'legal clarity' on intervening to save the lives of pregnant women.



She was speaking after Health Minister James Reilly said it could be early next year before the Government agreed what to do after the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar (31).

Ms Burton cautioned against any delay in the Government response.

"It is important that we have clear timelines in relation to this," she said.

Ms Burton did not give any specific dates but said the Labour Party's position was very clear on needing to take action to protect pregnant women whose lives were at risk.

Amid reports that some Labour TDs might vote for a Sinn Fein motion calling for legislation on abortion to save the life of a mother, she said the Cabinet would be agreeing a counter-motion at its meeting tomorrow.

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