Sinn Féin warns against 'filibustering' during abortion bill debate
Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
By Conor McMorrow, Reporter, RTÉ Political Staff
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has asked for a "full, deliberative and frank debate" on the legislation to change Ireland's abortion laws but cautioned against filibustering.
The debate on the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 resumed this evening. Ms McDonald said "this legislation will require very, very careful thought and deliberation".
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Abortion is a reality for women living in Ireland and is an issue that is not going to go away, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.
“Ultimately, there is always a deeply personal, private story behind each individual case which I believe is a matter for a woman and her doctor. I believe the Irish people trust women and they trust doctors to make these difficult decisions.”