Creighton replaced as Dáil passes new abortion law
Paschal Donohoe appointed Minister of State
“We have a great relationship, I have the height of admiration for him and how he conducts his business particularly on the European stage. He has done a huge amount to rebuild the stature and credibility of this country.”
Asked about Fine Gael’s pre-election commitment on abortion, she said: “I know in my own mind we made a clear commitment before the last election. I repeated that commitment, I meant it and held it sincerely. This legislation is a breach of that commitment.”
She said promises matter and on such a fundamental issue, she could not in conscience support what was proposed.
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The amendment was also proposed by Fianna Fail’s Eamon O Cuiv, Independent Mattie McGrath and Sinn Fein’s Peadar Toibin, who faces disciplinary procedures from his own party over his opposition to sections of the Bill.
Their amendment proposed deletion of the entire section nine of the Bill on the risk of loss from suicide.
Earlier, Ms Creighton renewed her call for abortion time limits to be introduced where a foetus is viable.
She said she wanted to protect viable life and bring in limitations on when terminations could be carried out. “It would actually allay the genuine concerns of many of our citizens,” she said during the report stage debate, which resumed this evening.
“We know that in the vast majority of jurisdictions around the world where there are abortion regimes in place, far more liberal regimes of the type I hope we never see in this country, they do still enforce gestationsal limits, term limits for carrying out abortions,” the Dublin South East TD said. “I think that this is the minimum our citizens deserve.”
Fianna Fail health spokesman Billy Kelleher said he would oppose legislation if he thought for a moment if he somehow though that a baby at 34 weeks would be taken from the womb and destroyed.
Mr Kelleher said that if they talked about gestational limits, “we are pitting the life of the woman against the life of the baby” and “that would be repugnant to me and to the Constitution”.
Minister of State for Health Alex White said there was no answering Mr Kelleher’s point.
Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews, who has already lost the party whip on the legislation, also supported term limits. He said termination at 12 weeks was just as repugnant as a termination later in pregnancy.
Earlier, the Minister moved a series of amendments which, he said, gave clarity to the medical definition of terms “in good faith” and reasonable opinion” in the Bill.
Last night’s session began hours after the High Court refused to grant an injunction aimed at stopping provisions of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill being voted into law.
The ex parte application was made by Jane Murphy, with an address at Milltown, Dublin 14 yesterday afternoon. She is expected to appeal Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns’ refusal to the Supreme Court.
Mr Justice Kearns said he was satisfied he had no jurisdiction to grant any such relief.