Friday 22 September 2017

Letters: Parties morally obliged to allow free vote on Daly's Bill

Clare Daly
Clare Daly
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The Government says it can't, for constitutional reasons, support Clare Daly's Bill to allow for terminations in circumstances where an unborn child has no prospect of life outside the womb.

One can understand and fully appreciate that position, based on a clearly stated legal concern. But what I find deeply disturbing is that the Government, and indeed the main opposition parties too, seem loathe to allowing a free vote on this Bill that seeks to address the heart-rending condition of Fatal Foetal Abnormality and its impact on women.

OK, the Bill won't become law, but it affords TDs the opportunity to vote for the principle of not obliging any woman in this country to proceed with a pregnancy when the baby cannot be born alive.

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