Monday 26 September 2016

No rush to change abortion in the Constitution - Taoiseach

Published 26/05/2015 | 16:12

Pro life marchers pass Pro Choice protestors on O'Connell Street during a protest last year
Pro life marchers pass Pro Choice protestors on O'Connell Street during a protest last year

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny said there will be no rush to have a referendum on abortion following the same-sex marriage vote.

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Mr Kenny told the Dail that the referendum verdict last weekend was based on life and love - but any move to propose an amendment about change to help mothers with fatal foetal abnormality required serious consideration.

Anti Austerity Alliance TD, Paul Murphy, said the referendum on gay marriage pointed up the people's need for change on key issues such as access to abortion for women suffering fatal foetal abnormalities.

He called for an early referendum on the issue to repeal the 1983 eighth amendment which puts a legal ban on abortion.

Mr Kenny said there would be no such thing during the lifetime of the current government, which expires at latest in early April 2016.

The Taoiseach added that the whole issue of abortion was much more complex than same-sex marriage.

"We're not going to be rushed into considering these matters because we have just had a referendum with a positive outcome," Mr Kenny said.

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