Existing abortion laws are ‘too restrictive’, says Leo Varadkar

Minister says law will have a ‘chilling effect’ on doctors

Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar has ruled out holding a referendum to legalise abortion and instead called for a “considered and careful’’ debate on the issue.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the constitutional restrictions on abortion are too “restrictive” and have a “chilling effect” on doctors.

Speaking in the Dáil on a private members’ bill tabled by Clare Daly, Mr Varadkar outlined his position on the eighth amendment, which gives equal rights to the mother and the unborn and advocated a more liberal abortion regime.

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