Tuesday 20 February 2018

Labour TDs need to vote with their conscience on Daly's abortion bill

Minister Ged Nash was one of 19 Labour TDs who previously wanted fatal foetal abnormalities to be included in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill
Minister Ged Nash was one of 19 Labour TDs who previously wanted fatal foetal abnormalities to be included in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

In advance of today's Dáil vote to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, Labour TDs really need to get their stories straight. If they're going to betray their consciences, and vote against Clare Daly's bill, they need a coherent reason for doing so - a reason they have, thus far, failed to articulate.

Minister of State for Business and Employment Gerald Nash is a case in point. Speaking on 'Morning Ireland' yesterday, he said he fully supported the "aspirations" of Daly's bill, but said those aspirations could only be achieved if there was a constitutional amendment.

Really? Then why did Mr Nash and 19 of his parliamentary party colleagues write a letter to former Health Minister James Reilly in 2012 urging him to include fatal foetal abnormalities as a ground for abortion in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill?

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