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Sinn Féin motion for choice in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities passed – Ó Caoláin

7 March, 2015 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, has welcomed the passing of a motion calling for legal frameworks to be introduced to allow access for terminations in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Speaking today at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Teachta Ó Caoláin said;

“I welcome the passing of this motion. It provides certainty and clarity in terms of Sinn Féin's position.

“The motion recognises the gravity and complexity of fatal foetal abnormality which requires great compassion.

“It also highlights the difficulties women face who are forced to travel abroad to access services because the law prevents women with fatal foetal pregnancies to access legal abortion in Ireland, both North and South.

“The motion acknowledges that women in these circumstances who wish to continue with their pregnancy should be supported, with all efforts made to ensure appropriate care.

“Following a thoughtful and reflective debate, the motion was passed.”

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