Dáil debates

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Report Stage (Resumed)


3:40 pm

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I am very conscious of time. People who are supporting the movement of this legislation are delaying its progress through the House because of the amount of time they took up last night. These are the very people who were dictating to us that we were delaying it. We certainly are not but they are.

On the amendment, I have grave concerns, which the Minister will be well aware of from Committee Stage. Concern is growing among the public. They are starting to become aware of what they actually voted for in repealing the eighth amendment is completely different to what the Minister is now proceeding with. It is completely different. The Members who are seeking all these changes and to make the Bill one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world are doing a grave disservice to the people who voted to repeal the eighth amendment. Those people voted for the repeal of the eighth amendment, not what is contained in many of the amendments before us now.


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