Tuesday 20 February 2018

Rabbitte: Abortion law as liberal as regime will become

Pat Rabbitte,TD
Pat Rabbitte,TD
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte says the forthcoming legislation on abortion is as liberal as the law will become.

And Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the Government will only be legislating “essentially for the status quo”.

The ministers were responding to the secretly-taped conversations of two TDs talking about more expansive abortion laws after the X case legislation is passed.

Mr Rabbitte said he doesn’t think the Labour Party “would be minded” to legislate any further.

“What is proposed, as I understand it, is a very restrictive regime,” he said on Newstalk.

Mr Coveney said it wasn’t surprising people have varying views on the circumstances in which abortion should be allowed.

“Those views are very deeply held. It is not difficult to catch somebody out,” he said on RTE’s The Week In Politics.

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has issued a statement responding to the Sunday Independent report of the conversation he had with a woman last June.

Mr O'Riordain said a recording of the meeting emerged on tape a number of months ago. He said the recording took place without his “consent or knowledge”.

He said the meeting was a pre-arranged appointment with a woman who said she was a constituent with a query about college fees.

Mr O'Riordain said his views and those of the Labour Party on the X-case legislation are “well known” and that they are fully committed to passing legislation which was included in its pre-election manifesto.

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