Ireland: Minister calls for abortion to be more widely available

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone believes abortions should be more widely available. Photo: Tom Burke

by Kevin Doyle

Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone believes that only offering abortions in cases of incest, rape and fatal foetal abnormality would "do nothing at all for most women in Ireland".

The minister wants the forthcoming citizens' assembly to look at widening the reasons for permitting an abortion beyond the three that are currently the subject of widespread public discourse.

Writing in today's Irish Independent, Ms Zappone says the Eighth Amendment must be repealed, but that a referendum now "with an unclear popular consensus" would be unwise.

The Independent TD recently faced criticism after voting against Mick Wallace's bill that would have allowed for terminations in the cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Despite a free vote on the issue, Ms Zappone stuck with the Fine Gael view that a citizens' assembly is the way forward.

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Source: The Independent