Sunday 18 March 2018

Labour TD Anne Ferris ready to face consequences of abortion vote: 'It is a matter of principle for me'

Anne Ferris TD
Anne Ferris TD

Labour TD Anne Ferris says she is willing to be kicked out of the Labour party for her support for tomorrow’s Dail vote on fatal foetal abnormities.

The bill, by opposition TD Claire Daly, will be voted on tomorrow and would allow for Irish women to have terminations of pregnancies where there is a fatal foetal abnormality and the baby will not survive outside the womb.

Speaking on RTE tonight, Ms Ferris said “it was a matter of principle” for her to support the vote.

She said the issue was “above politics” and so feels she would be able to vote against the party who are officially opposed to the vote.

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She said the issue of fatal foetal abnormalities a something she had campaigned for “all her adult life”.

“This is one of the cruellest things than can happen to a woman,” she said.

She added: “It something we should be dealing with in this country not forcing women to go to England.”

When asked if she was willing to be lose the party whip, she said she wanted the bill to go to committee stage so other legal opinions could be heard.

So far only the Attorney General has said the bill is unconstitutional.

“It is a matter of principle for me,” Ms Ferris said.

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