Reilly rules out abortion in fatal abnormality cases
HEALTH Minister James Reilly has ruled out extending the proposed legislation on abortion to allow for termination of pregnancy in cases where there are foetal abnormalities, writes Eilish O'Regan.
He was responding to calls by Fine Gael backbenchers to examine legal advice that says allowing abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities would be compatible with the Constitution. A campaign group, Termination for Medical Reasons, obtained the legal advice and put their case to the TDs.
"It is a desperate thing for a mother to know she is carrying a child who cannot possibly survive," Dr Reilly said.
"But I have been advised by my department that, under the Constitution, it would be difficult to accommodate the need for that."