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Government must bring forward abortion legislation without delay - McDonald

27 May, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the government to bring forward, without delay, the necessary legislation on abortion following the overwhelming decision of the people to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Speaking from Dublin today, Teachta McDonald said;

“The imperative now is to act on the instruction of the people. The result was so overwhelmingly definitive that I’ve no doubt that the government has received that message.

“The imperative comes from the fact the women’s health has to be protected. Pregnancy by its very definition is time sensitive. For every week and every month that we fail to enact the legislative framework, we are putting women in the way of danger. 

“It’s vital that we act and we act speedily. We have a history of foot-dragging on this issue because it’s considered to be a sensitive and difficult issue. I acknowledge that it is. 

“However, if the referendum is to mean anything for legislators, and for the political system, is that the days of delay are over and the time for action is now. There is an imperative to legislate and I want to see that done as quickly as possible.”

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