Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

New abortion law details tonight

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been branded a murderer over plans to reform laws on abortion
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been branded a murderer over plans to reform laws on abortion

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the legislation on Ireland's proposed new abortion laws will be published this evening.

The wording and additions to the rules on when doctors can act to allow a termination were agreed after a special meeting of Cabinet ministers in Government Buildings.

"The discussions were very constructive, very coherent and in keeping with the objective of the Government," Mr Kenny said.

Earlier, the Taoiseach had revealed that opponents of the reforms have branded him a murderer and sent plastic foetuses and letters written in blood over the contentious laws.

"I'm now being branded by personnel around the country as being a murderer, I'm going to have on my soul the death of 20 million babies," Mr Kenny said.

"I'm getting medals, scapulars, plastic foetuses, letters written in blood, telephone calls all over the system. And it's not confined to me."

If enacted, the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 will legalise abortion where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, including the threat of suicide.

The Bill aims to legislate for the X case judgment from Ireland's Supreme Court, which found abortion is legal if there is a real and substantial risk.

The case was taken by a 14-year-old rape victim who became pregnant and was refused permission to travel for an abortion.

Health Minister James Reilly will publish the legislation on Wednesday night.

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