No campaigners ‘disingenuous’ in run-up to abortion referendum, says Minister

Health Minister Simon Harris has accused No campaigners of being disingenuous in the final hours before the abortion referendum.

Mr Harris said that they had failed to offer any alternatives to the Government’s proposals that could help women experiencing crisis pregnancies.

“If we want to deal with this issue in a compassionate way, people need to vote Yes on Friday,” Mr Harris said.

“If we vote Yes on Friday we’ll wake up to a country on Saturday that is the same country with the same decent people, but just with laws that can be more caring and more compassionate.”

Mr Harris said: “I don’t want to say that if a woman finds herself in crisis pregnancy that her first conversation should be with her airline rather than her doctor.

“These are realities today and if there’s a No vote we cannot deal with those realities.”

The Minister said if the Eighth Amendment is repealed then the Government could get on with the job of putting in place “sensible laws” with safeguards that would enable them to support women in crisis pregnancy.

Mr Harris said he was confident that the legislation would be passed in the Dáil should people vote Yes on Friday.

He added: “It’s disingenuous in the final hours of this campaign for people to even suggest that there are alternatives without showing us what they are.

“I don’t think the Irish people will be fooled by this.”

- Press Association

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