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Labour minister dismisses 'six consultant abortion plan' as impractical


Jan O'Sullivan

Jan O'Sullivan

Jan O'Sullivan

A LABOUR Party minister has dismissed suggestions that six consultants will be needed to allow an abortion where there is a threat of suicide as "entirely impractical".

Fine Gael and Labour are at odds over legislation to deal with abortion and the X case where there the threat of suicide poses a risk to the life of the mother.


It is understood that an initial draft suggests that the opinions of six consultants will be required to certify a termination in cases where suicide poses a threat to the life of the mother.

The Cabinet is expected to discuss draft legislation on abortion on Tuesday.


Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan dismissed the six consultant proposal.


"The idea you would need six professionals seems to me to be entirely impractical," she said on RTE's The Week In Politics.

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