Labour TD McNamara launches draft rules on abortion

A Labour TD has launched a bill to allow abortion where a baby will not be born alive or will not live long after birth due to fatal foetal abnormalities.

The draft legislation by Michael McNamara from Clare comes after his party agreed to back any future proposals to change abortion legislation in such cases.

Mr McNamara told the Dáil he believed his bill was constitutional. It was also more restrictive than a similar one introduced recently by Independent TD Clare Daly, which Labour opposed.

He said it allowed for a termination of a pregnancy where there is a diagnosis by two obstetricians of a fatal foetal abnormality, defined as a medical condition suffered by a foetus resulting in it having no prospect of being born alive.

However, the deputy also had harsh words for the Coalition and the Labour-appointed Attorney General, who the Government recently claimed had declared that Ms Daly’s bill was unconstitutional.

“If the Government is going to rely on the advice of the Attorney General to kill off a bill, the very least that should be done is to publish that advice to enable people to introduce legislation in future,” said Mr McNamara.

He also said the price of rejecting that legislation would now be “paid by couples and pregnant women in Ireland who receive diagnoses of fatal foetal abnormalities”.


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