Ireland’s Minister for Children calls for abortion referendum
One of Ireland’s most prominent politicians, James Reilly TD, has sparked the abortion debate again, as he called on Ireland’s government to hold a referendum on the issue early in the next Dáil term.
The Minister for Children said it was wrong that women had to sneak back into the country when travelling back from the UK after an abortion ‘like criminals’.
The deputy leader of Fine Gael, James Reilly TD, told last week’s Sunday Independent that women carrying babies with fatal foetal abnormalities should not be forced to go full-term with their pregnancies.
He added that it was ‘very difficult’ to ask victims of rape to go through with a pregnancy and called on the next government to make steps towards repealing the 8th Amendment, which gives equal rights to the life of the mother and that of the unborn.
However the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has previously refused to commit to an abortion referendum.
Meanwhile his deputy, Tanaiste Joan Burton has said that if Labour forms part of the next government that she pledges to secure Dáil support to offer the people the chance to repeal the amendment and allow for abortion in very specific circumstances.
Health minister Leo Varadkar, a qualified medical doctor, has also come out in favour of holding a referendum.
Graham Linehan recently spoke out about his stance on the abortion laws in Ireland here: www.theirishworld.com/linehan
Mr Linehan has produced a video for Amnesty called Chains, narrated by Liam Neeson, for use in Amnesty’s campaign. He joined the call for the repeal of Ireland’s 8th Constitutional amendment which bans abortion.