Monday 24 July 2017

Bid to replace 14-year jail term for abortion with €1 fine

AAA-PBP TD Bríd Smith. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
AAA-PBP TD Bríd Smith. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

A bid to replace the 14-year jail sentence for having an abortion in Ireland with a €1 fine will be debated in the Dáil today.

The current sentence for a woman who has an abortion here - or a doctor that helps her - was described as "barbaric and totally unacceptable" by AAA-PBP TD Bríd Smith. "We think it's totally inappropriate to criminalise women," said Ms Smith, who proposed the bill.

She added that she would like the main political parties to allow a free vote for their TDs on the matter.

The Government has established a Citizens' Assembly, which is examining the future of the Eighth Amendment. Ms Smith claimed that the assembly was "a delaying tactic that will just try to water down the demand for a straightforward referendum on the Eighth Amendment".

She has been campaigning for a repeal of the law that gives equal status to the life of a mother and her unborn child.

Irish Independent

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