Sinn Féin welcomes the passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill
Speaking after the conclusion of the Seanad consideration of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson, Louise O’Reilly TD said;
“We welcome the passage of this important piece of legislation and we thank all those who worked hard to get this through the Dáil and Seanad. The passing of this legislation is an important step in healthcare for women and it is a vindication of the overwhelming Yes vote in May’s referendum.
“The focus must now move to the provision of services. Now that the legislation is in place the Minister must move quickly to publish the clinical guidelines and ensure that information on accessing services is made freely available for those women who need it. We also want to see discussions commence on free access for women from the North of Ireland as we have discussed with the Minister previously.”
Senator Paul Gavin said;
“Both houses of the Oireachtas have now done their job and we in Sinn Féin tried to make this legislation as progressive as possible. Unfortunately we did not get enough support for progressive amendments. We thank all the stakeholders for their continuing engagement and hard work on this issue. It’s now up to the Minister to make sure the services are delivered.”