Following Leaders’ Questions this morning the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD has repeated his call on the government to publish the Expert Group report which the Taoiseach said was received by the Minister for Health yesterday.
The Sinn Féin President raised the issue this morning during Leaders’ Questions following media reports about the death of Savita Halappanavar who died in Galway University Hospital on October 28th from blood poisoning after, according to her husband, she was refused a medical termination while miscarrying.
Expressing sympathy to Savita Halappanavar’s husband and family Teachta Adams said:
“In a referendum the people clearly placed the onus on the Oireachtas to deal with the issue of medical terminations by means of legislation and the Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that ‘a termination of pregnancy is lawful if it can be shown that there is a real and substantial risk to the life, as distinct from the health, of the mother.’
“The Government established an expert group that draws on appropriate medical and legal expertise with a view to making recommendations on how this matter should be addressed properly.
“The government has now received the report from the Expert Group and it has to respond to the Council of Europe by 30 November.
“The government should immediately publish the Expert Group report and its conclusions before it passes them to Europe and it should spell out clearly when it expects to bring forward legislation.
“It is time for legislation to be finally put in law to protect the rights of women as decided by the Supreme Court in 1992.”