Wednesday 21 February 2018

Socialist TD to re-open abortion debate with Dail bill reporters

A BILL to provide for access to abortion will be introduced in the Dáil next week by Socialist Party TD Clare Daly.

The legislation - to make abortion legal where there is a “real and substantial risk to the life” of the pregnant woman - will be introduced in private members’ time.

It well be voted on in the Dail on April 19.

The Action on X Alliance today held a press conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the of the High Court ruling that stopped a 14-year old girl from travelling to the UK for an abortion. The girl later miscarried.

Hugely controversial and known as the "X Case", the girl in question had been raped.

After a public outpouring of sympathy and outrage at the injunction, the Supreme Court subsequently ruled abortion was legal ‘‘where there was a real and substantial threat to the life of the pregnant woman or girl, including suicide’’.

Rebel Labour Deputy Patrick Nulty - who lost the party whip after voting against the budget - said it was shameful that 20 years after the Supreme Court ruling, and after two referendums on the issue, six successive governments had “failed" to legislate.

“It is unprecedented that the Supreme Court would give such a clear ruling and that it is not acted on by government," he said.

The Action on X Alliance is planning a public meeting in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, on Tuesday evening at 7pm to further highlight the issue.

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