Saturday 16 December 2017

Tanaiste tries to ease abortion strains

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore last night tried to quell Coalition tensions on abortion -- after a minister said that legislation on the issue was on the way.

Fine Gael backbenchers have come out in force against legislating for abortion even in the most limited circumstances, with 15 TDs declaring their opposition last week at a parliamentary party meeting.

It is causing tension in the Coalition -- because Labour favours bringing in legislation to allow for abortion where a woman's life is in danger from medical complications or suicide.

Mr Gilmore said it was a "sensitive issue" -- and urged people to wait until the report of an expert group on the issue was delivered in September.

Labour Junior Minister for Disability Kathleen Lynch insisted that legislation would have to be produced when the expert group on abortion reported back to the Government in September.

"In this particular instance, we won't have a choice,'' she told RTE.

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty said she feared that even limited abortion legislation would lead to it becoming widespread.

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Irish Independent

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