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Ruane hears concerns ahead of Criminal Justice Bill debate

2 June, 2015 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane met with Precious Life at Stormont today to hear their concerns over the Criminal Justice Bill. 

Ms Ruane said; 

"At the Assembly today my party colleague Maeve McLaughlin and I met with members of Precious Life to hear their concerns over the amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill dealing with abortion. 

"We received a letter outlining the concerns of the group and will study it before making a response. 

"Sinn Féin is opposed to the extension of the 1967 abortion act to the North. 

"We supported the introduction of legislation in the south to protect pregnant women whose lives are at risk and have called for immediate guidance for medical professionals in the North. Successive DUP health ministers have refused to bring forward such guidance. 

"Sinn Féin would support legislation which would allow terminations in instances of pregnancies arising from rape, incest and sexual abuse. 

"The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle brought a motion before the party's Ard Fheis which would support legislation allowing for terminations to be carried out in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and the motion was passed.

"In our view this should be a health issue rather than a justice issue."

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