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Saturday 18 November 2017

Reilly rejects amendment to bill to ensure that aborted babies ‘do not feel pain'

Minister for Health James O'Reilly
Minister for Health James O'Reilly

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

HEALTH Minister Dr James Reilly has rejected an amendment to his abortion bill to ensure that aborted babies “did not feel pain”.

The amendment was proposed in the Seanad by rebel Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, who has been expelled from the parliamentary party for voting against the bill

She said that she wanted a requirement to have ananesthetist present at every abortion to ensure the baby does not feel pain.

However, Dr Reilly rejected her amendment on the grounds that he could not be “prescriptive” to doctors in how to perform their work.

He said there was a clear duty in the bill for doctors to preserve unborn human life as far as possible.

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