TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said abortion will not become "a form of contraception" in Ireland, writes Fiach Kelly.
Mr Kenny also said the threat of suicide would not lead to "abortion on demand", and said abortion was legal in Ireland but regulations were needed.
Some TDs and senators fear it could lead to a liberal abortion regime.
But Mr Kenny said the threat of suicide would be included as grounds for abortion, but insisted it would not lead to abortion on demand.
"In regard to the inclusion of suicide, there are no regulations there and it will be the duty of government, in working with (the) people, to put in a clarification and restrictions (so) that this does not in any way become abortion on demand or that abortion is seen as a form of contraception," Mr Kenny told TV station France 24 in an interview marking the start of Ireland's EU presidency.