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Sinn Féin to support Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

20 June, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin has confirmed that it is supporting the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Speaking in the Dáil debate on the Bill, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said: “For our part, this necessary legislation is welcomed by Sinn Féin.

“I commend the Taoiseach and Minister Reilly and the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition for their follow through on this issue, despite considerable opposition from church and advocacy voices.

"We have stated consistently that legislation in line with the X case judgement and in compliance with the ABC case judgement and the Expert Group recommendations is required. In fact it is long overdue.

“We believe there is now a very widely held view, and we would say a majority view, in Irish society that legislation along the lines originally set out in the Heads of the Bill, and now in this legislation, is necessary.

“It is not perfect legislation. Far from it. It diverges from our policy in a number of respects but judged in the round and taking into account the pressing need for long overdue legislative certainty, it is, we believe, worthy of our support.

“As I stated last December in the debate on the Expert Group Report, we are obliged to legislate. All Teachtaí Dála have an obligation to address this need and to step up to the mark as legislators.

“We have to approach this Bill with compassion and understanding and respect. I believe that now, more than ever, the majority of people know the complexity of this issue and know that simple black and white attitudes are inadequate and insufficient to address what is involved.

“We have to face up to our responsibilities. This Bill, flawed in some respects though it may be, does exactly that and for that reason Sinn Féin will support it.” ENDS

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