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Sunday 21 January 2018

Mick Wallace says he would not ask his own daughter to seek an abortion under Government’s proposed system

Michael Brennan and Fiach Kelly

INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace has said that he would not ask his own daughter to seek an abortion here if she was pregnant and suicidal.He said that the bill had been “watered down” by the Government to ensure that it kept its own TDs on board.

Mr Wallace said that he had one daughter and he would not be encouraging her to seek an abortion here if she was pregnant and had “suicidal ideation”.

“I won’t be asking her to hop through the system here because she would be dead before she got an answer. She’d be going outside the country,” he said.

Mr Wallace said he did not think there would be a decrease in the 4,000 women going to England for abortions after the bill was passed. 

It came as Independent TD Michael Healy Rae – who is opposed to the abortion bill -  said the fact the mikes were not working properly in the Dail for the debate was “an omen”.

The Dail vote on the abortion legislation will take place at midnight tonight, after Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he wants to get rid of the contentious bill this evening.

The vote had initially been scheduled to take place at 10pm tonight, but Mr Kenny told the Dail during this morning's Order of Business the House will sit until midnight.

Mr Kenny said he had no problem giving more time but said no issue in the last 40 years had been given "such extensive discussion and debate".

"I am going to get rid of it this evening," Mr Kenny said.

 

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