O'Reilly wants end to ‘stigma’ around mothers in fatal foetal abnormalities cases

A Sinn Féin TD has said the Government is failing women in this country.

Louise O'Reilly's comments follow a highly charged debate on abortion in the Dáil last night.

Health minister Simon Harris said he could not accept a proposed bill which would allow for terminations in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities.

However, he said he hoped there would be a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.


* If you can't see the Facebook post, you can view it here.

Speaking on the proposed bill, Louise O'Reilly said too many women in this country are suffering in silence.

“What this legislation will do is give them one option to help them navigate one of the gravest, the most tragic and one of the most upsetting situations of their lives,” said O’Reilly.

“Let’s end the fear, the stigma, the taboo, the inadvertent shaming of these women and families.

“We should support those mothers and their partners who choose to bring to term a child that has no chance of survival outside the womb for long if that is their choice. Equally, we must support those who do not. That is the point of this bill.”


More in this Section

Warning issued to dog owners as weather set to heat upWarning issued to dog owners as weather set to heat up

Transport authority to install hand sanitiser across fleets for passengersTransport authority to install hand sanitiser across fleets for passengers

O'Sullivan has yet to decide who to back in Green Party leadership contestO'Sullivan has yet to decide who to back in Green Party leadership contest

Gardaí very concerned for welfare man, 75 missing in DublinGardaí very concerned for welfare man, 75 missing in Dublin


Lifestyle

Retail withdrawal symptoms can be quelled with thoughtful online purchases for birthday gifts, to elevate our spirits and help small local and family run businesses, writes Carol O’CallaghanPoster boys: Guide to wall art you can source from local businesses online

Make everlasting mementoes and gifts by growing and drying your own flowers, with help from expert floral artist Bex Partridge.How to dry home-grown blooms

I went to Hanford high school in the US, there is a joke that we all glow in the dark.This Much I Know: Dr Cara Augustenborg, environmental scientist

My girlfriend and I live in a shared house, and she's excited by the idea of having sex during the day, while there are other people in the next room.Sex File: I don't like being spontaneous

More From The Irish Examiner