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No further delay, publish X case legislation – Adams

29 April, 2013 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking at Leinster House today Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said political parties need to put aside party politics in relation to the X case legislation.

Deputy Adams said;

“There has been much talk, speculation and politicking over proposed Government legislation for the X case. Most of it has been very unhelpful.

“What we need is calm, reasoned and compassionate discussion of this sensitive matter.

“Thus far the Government has not handled this issue well.

“The evidence in the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar underlined the need for clarity for medical practitioners and protection for pregnant women who may be at risk.”

The Sinn Féin leader accused some politicians of playing party politics with this issue.

“Today Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh, in a very mischievous way, misrepresented Sinn Féin's position. Sinn Féin is not a pro-abortion party.

“We have a long-standing party position that the Government must legislate for the Supreme Court decision in the X case which included the threat of suicide as grounds to access a termination.

“The people, speaking in a referendum in 2002, rejected attempts to remove the threat of suicide as a grounds for a legal abortion.

“What is missing in this discussion is the proposed Government legislation.

They should be no further delay or excuses in the publication of the X case legislation.

“Sinn Féin will closely scrutinise this legislation but the key issue is the need for legal clarity be for medical practitioners and legal protection for pregnant women whose lives are at risk.”

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