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Shatter wants abortion law that 'goes further'

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter wants abortion laws to go further than the current contentious proposals - and says there will have to a referendum on the issue in future.

Mr Shatter says he hopes to be part of a Government that allows abortion for women who have been raped and for fatal foetal abnormalities .

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has already ruled this out, and Mr Shatter's comments are likely to worry some Fine Gael backbenchers.

"It will unfortunately, and very sadly, be of no assistance to women who are the victims of rape unless they are suicidal, it will be of no assistance to women who have a pregnancy where there is a fatal foetal abnormality," Mr Shatter said of the current legislation on the Ray D'Arcy show on 'Today FM'.

"I would hope to be part of an administration that at some date in the future addresses that issue."

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