Now Labour wants moves on abortion before election, 25/05/2015 by Niall O’Connor and Sarah MacDonald

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

The Labour Party is to mount a fresh bid to further liberalise the country’s divisive abortion laws on the back of the huge support secured for same-sex marriage.

After the resounding Yes vote in the marriage referendum, Labour is demanding work begins on laws to allow for terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. To progress the issue before the end of the Coalition’s term in office, party figures will this week demand it be immediately examined by the Oireachtas Health Committee to pave the way for a new law.

But senior Fine Gael sources last night warned the party will not be rushed into further liberalising the country’s abortion laws, claiming that Labour’s push for legislation in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities is deeply flawed.

“It is not compatible with the advice of the Attorney General,” a Fine Gael Cabinet minister told the Irish Independent. But Labour figures are intent on a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution becoming part of any new Programme for Government with Fine Gael.
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