Creighton to vote with her conscience on abortion
Doherty rejects Minister’s claim that abortion issue dominated by group think
Ms Doherty, who represents Meath East, said the Bill was about providing legal and medical clarity for existing rights for pregnant women.
She believed, she said, that life was bestowed on people by a God she very much believed in. She believed in it from conception to natural end.
“And it is because of that I genuinely reject some of the comments made by my colleague earlier on with regard to group think,’’ she added.
“And I also absolutely and fundamentally reject the view that just because I think differently makes me a lesser person, a lesser Christian, having a lesser moral or ethical code.”
The second stage debate will continue as long as TDs wish to speak and it is not clear whether it will conclude today or tomorrow.
“At the end of the day, no court or legislator can turn something that is fundamentally wrong into something that is right,” he added.
Fine Gael deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the Bill required legislators to be rigorous in argument and thinking. “But it also, quite properly, requires us to have faith, first of all in women,’’ she added. “The language of suspicion that surrounds suicidal ideation in pregnant women is doing a disservice to the women of the State.”
“But I have some concerns with certain details of the Bill as it stands,’’ he added. He said he accepted that the thrust of the Bill was to save lives of the mother and the unborn.
Fianna Fáil’s Eamon O Cuiv said he could not accept the section dealing with suicidal ideation.
A series of votes on the Bill 2013 are expected to begin in the Dáil tomorrow with the Government committed to passing the reforms into law before the summer recess.