Seanad debates

Monday, 10 December 2018

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


2:00 pm

Photo of Marie Louise O'DonnellMarie Louise O'Donnell (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I have tabled the amendment because it might help if the Minister answered very specific questions. In the Bill "avert" means to eliminate, not merely reduce and mitigate. Are there agreed examples of conditions where a termination will always eliminate the risk to life or risk of serious harm to health? I do not think so. Will the aversion condition ever be satisfied in cases of risk to mental health? That is why I do not think it is an appropriate word to use in this instance and, like other colleagues, think it should be changed to "substantially mitigate".


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