Renua leader Lucinda Creighton will oppose any moves to introduce abortions into Ireland, saying that she would even vote against lifting the ban in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.
The former Fine Gael minister said that she could not support any legislation that would bring abortions, no matter how limited, to Ireland.
“I'm opposed to abortion – I don't think there's any doubt where I stand on the issue,” she told RTE's Ray D'arcy show.
“I'm aware of plenty of women who have been told by doctors that their child wouldn't survive but they still went through with the pregnancy. These children did survive, I've met some of them, and some of them are now teenagers.”
Defending her position on abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities, Ms Creighton told the RTE host that whenever a country had introduce narrowly defined terminations, it had “always led to the widespread legalisation.”
“My starting point is that everyone deserves the right to exist. When you start intervening with that – where does it end? When you look at other regions where [abortions] has been legalised, the criteria always broadens. That's the experience everywhere in the world,” she said.
Adding: “If the law on abortion is to change in Ireland it can only be done so by the will of the people.”
Ms Creighton accused other political parties of “peddling falsehoods” when they said they were willing to supported the repeal of the 8th amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits abortions, in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities.
Asked whether her new political party Renua's open stance on the issue would confuse voters, Ms Creighton said it was her party's believe that “everyone should be entitled to their positions”.
“It should be a matter that is left to the individual to vote on. Why should people fear debate and a genuine respect for each others' views on these issues. Would people prefer to vote for parties where people are straight into the Dail chamber to push buttons for things they don't believe in."