Four Senators back abortion bill
FOUR of Kerry's five senators say they will back the abortion bill that is currently before the Seanad.
Only Fianna Fail's Senator Mark Daly, who is opposed to the inclusion of suicide as a justification for abortion, will vote against the bill with his party colleague Senator Ned O'Sullivan and county's three government senators all stating clearly that they intend to vote in favour of the bill.
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill began its passage through the Seanad on Monday.
Six days have been set aside for its completion and if there are no amendments to the legislation in the Seanad, it will then go to President Michael D Higgins for signature. Should the Seanad pass amendments, the Dáil will have to be brought back from its summer recess to approve or reject them.
Mark Daly (FF): NO
Senator Daly said he would not be supporting the government legislation as he is fervantly opposed to Section Nine of the bill the, so called, suicide clause which would allow an abortion where there is a threat of suicide by a pregnant woman.
Ned O'Sullivan (FF) : YES
"I'm for the bill and will be voting yes. Abortion has been available in Ireland for 21 years and this bill tries to regulates and restrict it."
"The Pro Life lobby are crazy to oppose this. They need new leadership and I say that as a pro lifer."
Tom Sheahan (FG) : YES
"It was not an easy decision when one weighs up all sides but my biggest worry was when Labour TDs said that this was merely a stepping stone to abortion on demand."
"I met the Taoiseach and told him I wanted to vote against this but he confirmed to me that there could only be abortion on demand through a referendum. There are extremes on both sides but the practical is in the middle."
"The question is why are 4,000 women a year going to England for abortion, that is what's sad."
Marie Moloney (LAB): YES
"I feel voting in support will bring clarity to the situation and fill the vacuum in law that has existed since the X-case judgement since 1992."
"It seeks to give medical professionals legal clarity when faced with life saving decisions."
Paul Coghlan (FG) : YES
"I approached the bill from a strong pro-life standpoint. The process and safeguards built into this bill are preferable to leaving an unregulated right in existence which could be open to abuse which is the situation that pertains at the moment given the X-case decision."
"The president has the sole right to call the council of state and refer the bill to the supreme court for a full test of its constitutionality and given the circumstances surrounding this matter that's what I hope they will do."