Wednesday 24 January 2018

Kenny rules out abortion law change for unviable foetuses

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has ruled out changing the law to allow abortions in the case of women who are carrying foetuses who have no prospect of survival.

It came after Independent TD John Halligan said that four devastated couples were being told every day that their unborn child had fatal foetal abnormalities. And he appealed for them to be allowed to get abortions rather than have to go through the full pregnancy, when the child had no chance of survival.

But Mr Kenny said the current abortion bill was strictly within the constitution and within the law.

"It deals specifically in cases where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother. This is a different set of circumstances and they are not contemplated under the current bill," he said.

Mr Kenny said that as a husband and father, he knew the sense of excitement that a pregnancy brought to a couple, who were hoping the birth would be one of joy and would lead to birth of child that can live a long and happy and fulfilling life.

But he ruled out any changes to the abortion bill currently going through the Dail.

"Unfortunately i cannot accede to your request, while I understand the point you make," he said.

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