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Sinn Fein calls for all-party support for its X-case motion

17 November, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking in Dublin today in advance of the demonstration in the city for Savita Halappanvar, Sinn Fein deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald called for all-party support for Sinn Fein's Dail motion calling for legislation for the X-case, which she said, is long overdue.

"There are various enquiries into this tragedy and we have to wait for their outcome to know the full story of what happened to Savita.

"What we know now, however, is that there is a need for long-overdue legislation on the termination of pregnancy where a woman's life is in danger. Women in their reproductive years deserve to know the medical profession has the protection of the law to act appropriately in those terrible circumstances.

"Sinn Fein will propose a Dail motion next week that seeks to get the government to act to introduce the legisation we have been awaiting for two decades. I am calling on TDs from all parties to support it. It is time to act now."

That Dáil Éireann:

- Extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Savita Halappanavar and recognises that. news of her death in such tragic and traumatic circumstances has caused distress to people throughout the country and beyond.

- Resolves to await the outcome of the ongoing inquiries into all aspects of this tragedy.

- Acknowledges that the Oireachtas must legislate to give effect to the 1992 judgment of the Supreme Court (the ‘X’ case).

- Further acknowledges that the absence of the required legislation denies women protection and the right to obtain a termination in life- threatening circumstances. It also creates an ambiguous legal situation for clinicians in those same circumstances.

- Regrets that successive governments and Ministers for Health have failed to legislate in this regard.

Calls on the Government to;

- immediately publish the report of the expert group.

- immediately introduce legislation to give effect to the 1992 judgement of the Supreme Court in the ‘X’ case, to protect pregnant women where their lives are in real danger and to give legal certainty to medical professionals.

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