Har­ris in­tro­duces Bill to amend law fol­low­ing re­peal of Eighth vote

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ANEW Bill to amend the law that fol­lows the re­peal of the Eighth Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion in re­gard to abor­tion was in­tro­duced in the Dáil by Health Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris. ‘Af­ter 35 years of hav­ing the amend­ment in the Con­sti­tu­tion, in so do­ing we are also mak­ing his­tory, but, of course, his­tory is not made only in this House,’ he said.

‘This his­tory was made on the streets, in houses and bal­lot boxes across the coun­try. It was made by peo­ple, in­clud­ing col­leagues here, who had cam­paigned stead­fastly for many years.’

It was made, he said, by young peo­ple who had never had a say on an is­sue about which they cared deeply, who were gal­vanised by a move­ment of equal­ity and every­body who had thought deeply and felt strongly on this sub­ject, in their dif­fer­ent ways, and who came out on 25 May to make their de­ci­sion known in the bal­lot box, re­sult­ing in an em­phatic ma­jor­ity to re­peal the op­pres­sive, re­pres­sive Eighth Amend­ment and for leg­is­la­tors to get on with their jobs and leg­is­late.

The leg­is­la­tion per­mits a ter­mi­na­tion to be car­ried out in cases where there is a risk to the life or se­ri­ous harm to the health of the preg­nant woman; where there is a con­di­tion present which is likely to lead to the death of the foe­tus, ei­ther be­fore or within 28 days of birth and up to 12 weeks of preg­nancy.

Fianna Fáil Spokesman Stephen Don­nelly said hav­ing ex­am­ined the Bill, he be­lieved it re­flected the heads of the Bill and, as such, it re­flects the will of the peo­ple and should be sup­ported by the peo­ple’s Par­lia­ment. ‘I am sure there will be plenty of time on Com­mit­tee Stage to tease out the de­tails to make sure the leg­is­la­tion is ro­bust, clear and work­able,’ he added.

Stephen Don­nelly TD.

Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris.

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