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Sinn Féin will support amendments to Justice Bill - Ruane

10 February, 2016 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has said Sinn Féin will be supporting the amendments to the Justice Bill at the Assembly today. 

Ms Ruane said; 

"Sinn Féin  is opposed to the extension of the 1967 Act to the North of Ireland, however, we believes that in cases of rape, or sexual crime or when a pregnant woman’s life is in danger, the option of termination should be available. 

"Our policy also reflects the view that termination of pregnancy should be available to those who choose to avail of it in situations of fatal foetal abnormality.  

"This is a position which reflects international minimum human rights standards 

"There is an enormous amount of hurt and anger felt by women who felt let down by the state in which they live and felt forced to travel abroad for a procedure they felt should have been entitled to at home.  

"The DUP has said they are supporting a commission which will report in six months. However, we feel this does not go far enough as it does not address the plight of women in the here and now who are pregnant as a result of rape or women who are faced with fatal foetal abnormalities. 

"I believe that the public are ahead of the politicians on this issue and are in favour of changes to the law on these narrow grounds. 

"That is why Sinn Féin supported these amendments."

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