Dáil debates

Thursday, 29 November 2018

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


5:20 pm

Photo of Kevin O'KeeffeKevin O'Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I request that the Minister support the thrust of this amendment. As previous speakers have said, it in no way hinders or jeopardises the movement of the legislation through the Dáil whether we like it or not. We are coming a long way. At one stage we had the right to life and we are coming to the reverse stage. I listened to some speakers in the last couple of days, yesterday in particular, and they were likening an unwanted pregnancy in terms of women's healthcare to that of women having cancer. I feel very saddened about that kind of comparison being used. We have come a long way from the right to life and maybe a person should have the right to a termination in an orderly and medically approved formula. I would say that we support this amendment.


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